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From Morality to Metaphysics: The Theistic Implications of our Ethical Commitments

Angus Ritchie


This book offers an argument for theism. It claims only purposive accounts of the universe can do justice to our pre-philosophical moral commitment to objective moral truth and explain the human acquisition of belief-generating and belief-evaluating capacities which track such truth.This book begins with a defence of moral realism, arguing for its ‘deliberative indispensability’. It claims that the practical deliberation human beings engage in on a daily basis only makes sense if they take themselves to be aiming at a normative truth — that is to say, a truth which goes beyond their own sentim ... More

Keywords: moral realism, evolution, quasi-realism, constructivism, ethics, philosophy of religion, theism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199652518
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652518.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angus Ritchie, author
Director of the Contextual Theology Centre in East London and a Research Associate in Philosophy at Oxford University