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Nick Unwin
Lancaster University
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Divine law theories of metaethics claim that moral rightness is grounded in God’s commands, wishes and so forth. Expressivist theories, by contrast, claim that to call something morally right is to express our own attitudes, not to report on God’s. Ostensibly, such views are incompatible. However, we shall argue that a rapprochement is possible and beneficial to both sides. Expressivists need to explain the difference between reporting and expressing an attitude, and to address the Frege-Geach problem. Divine law theorists need to get past the Euthyphro dilemma, and to avoid moral externalism. This paper shows how a combined theory helps us to achieve this.
Keywords expressivism  divine command theory  Frege-Geach problem  Euthyphro dilemma
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ISBN(s) 0031-8205
DOI 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2008.00214.x
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