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Quaestiones Disputatae

Volume 5, Issue 1, Fall 2014

Selected Papers: Must Morality be Grounded in God?

Mark C. Murphy
Pages 30-42

Suárez’s “Best Argument” and the Dependence of Morality on God

I want to begin by expressing misgivings about a standard way of making out a claim for the dependence of morality on God, misgivings that I do not have about a somewhat less standard way of arguing for this dependence. I will then consider a guiding maxim for how to proceed along this less standard way, a maxim that I draw from Suárez’s account of the relationship between divine activity and the activity of secondary causes. I then sketch one way of conceiving the dependence of morality on God that fits well with this Suarezian maxim.

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