The Autonomy of Morals. Two Analytic Arguments

Adrian Paul Iliescu

Abstract


The theist thesis that any true ethics must be a religious one is criticized from two different angles; it is shown that: (i) in order to avoid divine voluntarism, theism uses a supposition the acceptance of which makes arguments against autonomous ethics un- acceptable, for they inevitably beg the question; (ii) it assumes a kind of moral foun- dationalism which is, according to some Wittgensteinean arguments, utterly superfluous; the idea that any authoritative ethics needs the absolute authority of God can thus be shown to be unjustified.

Keywords


autonomy of ethics, moral truth, convention, foundationalism, moral authority, moral theism, rigid moral designators, theist exclusivism

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