Chapter 45. Moral Arguments

  1. Charles Taliaferro Professor2,
  2. Paul Draper Professor3 and
  3. Philip L. Quinn4
  1. C. Stephen Evans Professor

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320152.ch45

A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, Second Edition

A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, Second Edition

How to Cite

Evans, C. S. (2010) Moral Arguments, in A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, Second Edition (eds C. Taliaferro, P. Draper and P. L. Quinn), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320152.ch45

Editor Information

  1. 2

    St Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, USA

  2. 3

    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

  3. 4

    John A O'Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

Author Information

  1. Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405163576

Online ISBN: 9781444320152



  • moral arguments;
  • moral arguments for God's existence - for lay people, the most popular reasons for belief in God;
  • theistic arguments in general - functions of arguments for God's existence in general;
  • difficulties with moral arguments - by Quinn, stemming from Immanuel Kant's doctrine of moral autonomy;
  • types of moral arguments - famous and influential moral arguments offered by Kant;
  • fundamental distinctions drawn between types of moral arguments - between theoretical and practical arguments;
  • Kant's practical moral argument - most famous proponent of a practical moral argument;
  • some contemporary moral arguments


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Theistic Arguments in General

  • Difficulties with Moral Arguments

  • Types of Moral Arguments

  • Kant's Practical Moral Argument

  • Some Contemporary Moral Arguments

  • Works cited