Simini Rahimi

Swinburne on the Euthyphro Dilemma. Can Supervenience Save Him?

13/1 - Spring 2008, pages 17–29
Date of online publication: 15 juin 2008
Date of publication: 01 juin 2008


Modern philosophers normally either reject the „divine command theory” of ethics and argue that moral duties are independent of any commands, or make it dependent on God's commands but like Robert Adams modify their theory and identify moral duties in terms of the commands of a loving God. Adams regards this theory as metaphysically necessary. That is, if it is true, it is true in all possible worlds. But Swinburne's (1981) position is unprecedented insofar as he regards moral truths as analytically necessary. In this paper Swinburne's argument will be discussed and I will reveal some of the difficulties involved in categorising general moral principles (if there are such principles) as logical (analytical/necessary) truths.


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Rahimi, Simini. “Swinburne on the Euthyphro Dilemma. Can Supervenience Save Him?“ Forum Philosophicum 13, no. 1 (2008): 17–29. doi:10.5840/forphil20081312.


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