Are There Objective Morals? Lecture PowerPoint

by Max Andrews

Alas, here is another PPT I’ve used in some of my lectures concerning axiology and the objectivity of moral values.  In this lecture I briefly discuss the deductive form of the moral argument for the existence of God, the distinctions between different ethical theories, and the Euthyphro dilemma.  I hope you find the material beneficial and edifying.  Please follow through on some of the sources cited in the pages and in the notes for further information.

Definitions and distinctions:

Objective:  To say that there are objective moral values is to say that something is right or wrong independently of whether anybody believes it to be so.
Subjective:  Personal taste or feelings [which may be of an individual, group, or society].
Good/Bad:  Correlated with moral values
Right/Wrong:  Correlated with moral duties

Divine command theory:

Required Imperative: A is required of S iff a just and loving God commands S to do A.
Forbidden Imperative: A is forbidden to S iff a just and loving God commands S not to do A.
Permission: A is permitted for S iff a just and loving God does not command S not to do A.




3 Comments to “Are There Objective Morals? Lecture PowerPoint”

  1. Perhaps it’s just because I have openoffice, but the text doesn’t appear for me when I download it.

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  3. Nice slides. What do you find the student’s reactions to be to the arguments?

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