Monday, February 14, 2005

A thought I jotted down during the Liturgy on Sunday

awaiting further development:

Just as Descartes needed to establish the existence of a God who will not deceive before he could break out of his epistemic purgatory of doubt, natural law needs to establish a provident God before it can break out of the ethical purgatory of pleasure.

It needs working out. The point is that for natural law ethics to work, it needs nature as a normative force. This requires a God who both creates the nature, and creates it for our good, so that we can see that acting in accord with our nature (that is, with right reason) is good. Otherwise, it's just another option among various lifestyles one might choose.

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