Morality, Religion, and Cosmic Justice
Article first published online: 14 MAR 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Special Issue: Ethics and Religion
Volume 34, Issue 2, pages 189–213, April 2011
How to Cite
Oderberg, D. S. (2011), Morality, Religion, and Cosmic Justice. Philosophical Investigations, 34: 189–213. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9205.2011.01439.x
- Issue published online: 14 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 14 MAR 2011
I argue for a connection between morality and religion on the basis of a need for cosmic justice – a comprehensive system of rewards and punishments for good and bad behaviour, respectively. I set out the Argument for Cosmic Justice, discussing the nature of reward and punishment and how they differ from mere benefit and loss. A world without cosmic justice would be absurd and unacceptable to anyone who takes morality seriously in the way identified by George Mavrodes. I also consider a number of objections to the argument.