Recent Work on the Euthyphro Dilemma (bibliography)

by Luke Muehlhauser on August 12, 2010 in Christian Theology,Ethics,Resources

Here is a bibliography on the Euthyphro dilemma, showing only works published after 1995.

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exapologist August 12, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Here are a few more:

Murphy, Mark. “Divine Commands, Divine Will, and Moral Obligation”, Faith and Philosophy (1998).
-“A Trilemma for Divine Command Theory,” Faith and Philosophy (2002).


Madeleine August 12, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Matthew Flannagan “The Premature Dismissal of Voluntarism,” Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review (November 2010).

Matt also has another one under consideration currently.


Madeleine August 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm

An electronic version of it will be available in Nov.

Matt has a pile of articles on the Euthyphro Dilemma over at MandM.


exapologist August 12, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Here’s what a basic search at Phil Papers turned up.


Daniel August 12, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Pre-’95 of course, but I’ve always found Leo Strauss’ Euthyphro commentary an interesting read. Has anyone else read it? Opinions?


G'DIsraeli August 12, 2010 at 11:23 pm

As as Wikipedia goes…it seems no way out of this delimma for the theist :)
This is a very important and great subject


snafu August 13, 2010 at 1:05 am

I find the Mawson/Swinburne approach interesting for the following reason: Once you say that moral truths are logically necessary, you’re giving up the argument for the existence of God based on morality. If it’s a logical contradiction for torture to be good (and therefore God couldn’t have designed a universe that way), then you can’t really go arguing that the existence of morality makes the existence of God likely.

Being philosphers, they are perfectly aware of this – Swinburne says as much in his central work The Existence of God. But apologists should take note!

Perhaps this is why Craig etc usually go for another way round Euthyphro – saying that God’s nature defines what ‘good’ is etc.


John D August 13, 2010 at 9:19 am

Good stuff. Probably my favourite topic.


lukeprog August 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm

John D,

Really??? How interesting.

Joyce’s paper is great, BTW.


John D August 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Well, not the Euthyphro per se, but theistic moral theory in general.

I’ll get around to Joyce … someday.


Madeleine August 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm

It is definitely one of Matt’s favourite topics. Our most common recurring themes at MandM are OT Ethics, Feticide and aspects of Divine Command Theory.


lukeprog August 13, 2010 at 3:19 pm

That Yahweh fellow sure was feticidic… :)


Glenn July 16, 2011 at 2:57 am

If I may – I rather self servingly reccommend my own “A New Euthyphro” in Think: Philosophy for Everyone 9:25 (2010). There’s also a copy available online at


Luke Muehlhauser July 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm



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