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In the Euthyphro selection, Plato presents an argument that poses a problem for the Divine Command Theory of morality.
Explain this argument and why it poses a problem for Divine Command Theory.
Then consider how this same argument might pose a problem for Hume's theory of morality.
What replies to the argument do you think are acceptable or does it pose a fatal problem for either Divine Command Theory or emotivism or both?

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In ethics, a question can be raised. Who decides what is morally right? In other words, what grounds morals at all? On the one hand, one could say they do not steal because in their religious tradition the gods (or God) commands people not to steal. This is just one example. But what gives authority to this command? To support the view that what is moral is what the gods command, we can see the development of what has been called in the history of philosophy Divine Command Theory or (DCT).
In Plato’s Euthyphro, Divine Command Theory is the idea that God loves what is holy so we ought to act in holy ways because God commands it....

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