Value, Transcendence, and Analogy

Faculty/Professorship: Philosophy  
Author(s): De Anna, Gabriele
Title of the Journal: European Journal for Philosophy of Religion
ISSN: 1689-8311
Corporate Body: University of Innsbruck in cooperation with the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Birmingham
Publisher Information: Innsbruck
Year of publication: 2018
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
Pages: 105-129
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.24204/EJPR.V10I2.1999
Current naturalistic accounts of value face the problem of explaining the normative constraints that value impose on agents. Attempts to solve this problem have progressively relaxed the strictness of naturalistic requirements, up to the point of seeking theistic solutions. However, appeals to God are also problematic, since it is questionable that a relevant notion of God is conceivable at all: if God is wholly other He cannot matter for our choices and if He is a being among natural beings He cannot explain our normative constraints. Engaging a discussion with Fiona Ellis’ treatment of the problem, this essay sketches an account of transcendence, which vindicates the conceivability of a notion of God suitable for the explanation of value. The proposal rests on the possibility of transcendental arguments based on analogy.
Keywords: Value, Transcendence, Analogy, Normativity, Naturalism
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 5. July 2018