In episode four, I am joined by moral philosopher Erik Wielenberg as we discuss a popular version of the moral argument for god, as well as the plausibility of a non-theistic objective morality. Dr. Wielenberg is Professor of Philosophy at DePauw University in Indiana, a fellow of the Center for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews, and has been published in numerous philosophical journals. He has put out three excellent books, including Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe (review), God and the Reach of Reason: C.S. Lewis, David Hume, and Bertrand Russell, and, most recently, Robust Ethics: The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Godless Normative Realism.
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Dr. Wielenberg’s website: http://dpuadweb.depauw.edu/ewielenberg_web/
Links to some of what we discuss on the show:
Dr. Wielenberg’s paper, In Defense of Non-natural, Non-theistic Moral Realism
Finite and Infinite Goods by Robert Adams
G.E. Moore entry at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Hume’s law (the is-ought problem) at RationalWiki
Wes Morriston’s paper, God and the ontological foundation of morality
The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris