God 's Call By John E. Hare Essay

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God 's Call, by John E. Hare, is based on three lectures Hare gave at Calvin College in which he presents and defends his version of Divine Command Theory. The books is separated into three essays. The first essay gives the historical context of Hare 's theory. In the second Hare lays out his theory. In the third he defends his theory, and compares it to his understanding of Kant 's theory of ethics. Hare argues that the history of moral philosophy is a story of compromise. There exist two extreme camps, the realists who believe that morality has a objective existence, and the expressivists who believe that morality does not exist at all. Over time both camps have made concessions, and drifted closer to the opposite camp. Hare believes that his theory is the perfect synthesis of these two camps; he believes that his theory is the perfect combination of expressionism and realism. Unlike Victor Hugo who relied on his readers ' natural understanding of goodness, Hare develops a complex definition of what the good is. At first glance, Hare 's understanding of goodness seems very simple. He defines good as the nature of God and his actions. Therefore, everything that God commands is good. Later, however, he uses “good” in a different way using the phrase “our good” means what is most valuable, most important to us. Later Hare distinguishes two types of goodness. The first he calls primary goodness. This type of goodness is what makes a thing what it is. Hare gives this…

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