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Old 08-18-2013, 01:05 AM    C. Stephen Evans, God and Moral Obligation
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C. Stephen Evans, God and Moral Obligation

C. Stephen Evans, God and Moral Obligation, Oxford University Press, 2013, 199pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199696680.
Reviewed by Terence Cuneo, University of Vermont
http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/41665-god-and-moral-obligation/

Call an account of moral obligation "robust" if it says that such obligations not only exist but also have the following four features. First, they are objective in the sense that we can be mistaken about them, forming false beliefs about what is genuinely required of us. Second, these obligations provide overriding reasons to act, rendering further deliberation about whether we should conform to them unnecessary and leaving us open to blame if they apply to us and we fail to conform to them. Third, there are features of these obligations that explain why we should care about conforming to them, providing motives for us to act. And, fourth, these obligations are universal in the sense of applying to persons not simply in virtue of their belonging to some social group but simply as persons. Many philosophers, including rational intuitionists and Kantians, have held that there are robust moral obligations. The central thesis of Evans' book is that anyone who holds that there are such obligations should take the divine command theory (DCT) very seriously....
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