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  1. The Rejection of Objective Consequentialism.Frances Howard-Snyder - 1997 - Utilitas 9 (2):241-248.
    Objective consequentialism is often criticized because it is impossible to know which of our actions will have the best consequences. Why exactly does this undermine objective consequentialism? I offer a new link between the claim that our knowledge of the future is limited and the rejection of objective consequentialism: that ‘ought’ implies ‘can’ and we cannot produce the best consequences available to us. I support this apparently paradoxical contention by way of an analogy. I cannot beat Karpov at chess in (...)
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  2. The Puzzle of Petitionary Prayer.Daniel Howard-Snyder & Frances Howard-Snyder - 2010 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 2 (2):43-68.
    The fact that our asking God to do something can make a difference to what he does underwrites the point of petitionary prayer. Here, however, a puzzle arises: Either doing what we ask is the best God can do or it is not. If it is, then our asking won’t make any difference to whether he does it. If it is not, then our asking won’t make any difference to whether he does it. So, our asking won’t make any difference (...)
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    “Cannot” Implies “Not Ought”.Frances Howard-Snyder - 2006 - Philosophical Studies 130 (2):233-246.
    I argue for a version of "ought" implies "can". In particular, I argue that it is necessarily true that if an agent, S, ultima facie ought to do A at T', then there is a time T* such that S can at T* do A at T'. In support of this principle, I have argued that without it, we cannot explain how it is that, in cases where agents cannot do the best thing, they often ought to do some alternative (...)
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  4. It's the Thought That Counts.Frances Howard-snyder - 2005 - Utilitas 17 (3):265-281.
    Agnes's brakes fail. Should she continue straight into the busy intersection or should she swerve into the field? Add to the story, what Agnes does not and cannot know, that continuing into the intersection will cause no harm, whereas swerving into the apparently empty field will cause a death. I evaluate arguments for the claim that she should enter the intersection, i.e. for objectivism about right and wrong; and arguments for the claim that she should swerve, i.e. for subjectivism about (...)
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  5. Is Theism Compatible with Gratuitous Evil?Daniel Howard-Snyder & Frances Howard-Snyder - 1999 - American Philosophical Quarterly 36 (2):115 - 130.
    We argue that Michael Peterson's and William Hasker's attempts to show that God and gratuitous evil are compatible constitute miserable failures. We then sketch Peter van Inwagen's attempt to do the same and conclude that, to date, no one has shown his attempt a failure.
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    How an Unsurpassable Being Can Create a Surpassable World.Daniel Howard-Snyder & Frances Howard-Snyder - 1994 - Faith and Philosophy 11 (2):260-268.
    Imagine that there exists a good, essentially omniscient and omnipotent being named Jove, and that there exists nothing else. No possible being is more powerful or knowledgable. Out of his goodness, Jove decides to create. Since he is all-powerful, there is nothing but the bounds of possibility to prevent him from getting what he wants. Unfortunately, as he holds before his mind the host of worlds, Jove sees that for each there is a better one. Although he can create any (...)
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  7. God, Knowledge, and Mystery. [REVIEW]Daniel Howard-Snyder & Frances Howard-Snyder - 1998 - Faith and Philosophy 15 (3):397-399.
    This is a review of Peter van Inwagen's collection of essays.
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    The Real Problem of No Best World.Daniel Howard-Snyder & Frances Howard-Snyder - 1996 - Faith and Philosophy 13 (3):422-425.
    This is a reply to William Rowe, "The Problem of No Best World," Faith and Philosophy (1994).
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  9. The Christian Theodicist's Appeal to Love.Daniel Howard-Snyder & Frances Howard-Snyder - 1993 - Religious Studies 29 (2):185 - 192.
    Many Christian theodicists believe that God's creating us with the capacity to love Him and each other justifies, in large part, God's permitting evil. For example, after reminding us that, according to Christian doctrine, the supreme good for human beings is to enter into a reciprocal love relationship with God, Vincent Brummer recently wrote: In creating human persons in order to love them, God necessarily assumes vulnerability in relation to them. In fact, in this relation, he becomes even more vulnerable (...)
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    Response to Carlson and Qizilbash.Frances Howard-Snyder - 1999 - Utilitas 11 (1):106-111.
    In ‘The Rejection of Objective Consequentialism’ I argued against objective consequentialism on the grounds that it requires us to do what we cannot do and hence violates the principle that ‘ought’ implies ‘can’. Erik Carlson and Mozaffar Qizilbash have raised objections to my arguments, chiefly by distinguishing different senses of ‘can’ and ‘ought’. I here attempt to rebut those challenges.
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    Damned If You Do; Damned If You Don't!Frances Howard-Snyder - 2008 - Philosophia 36 (1):1-15.
    This paper discusses the Principle of Normative Invariance: ‘An action’s moral status does not depend on whether or not it is performed.’ I show the importance of this principle for arguments regarding actualism and other variations on the person-affecting restriction, discuss and rebut arguments in favor of the principle, and then discuss five counterexamples to it. I conclude that the principle as it stands is false; and that if it is modified to avoid the counterexamples, it is gutted of any (...)
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    The Heart of Consequentialism.Frances Howard-Snyder - 1994 - Philosophical Studies 76 (1):107 - 129.
  13. A New Argument for Consequentialism? A Reply to Sinnott-Armstrong.Frances Howard-Snyder - 1996 - Analysis 56 (2):111–115.
  14. Christianity and Ethics.Frances Howard-Snyder - 1999 - In Michael Murray (ed.), Reason for the Hope Within. Eerdmans.
     
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    Divine Freedom.Frances Howard-Snyder - 2017 - Topoi 36 (4):651-656.
    In “Divine Freedom,” I argue that morally significant incompatibilist freedom is a great good. So God possesses morally incompatibilist freedom. So, God can do wrong or at least can do worse than the best action He can do. So, God is not essentially morally perfect. After careful consideration of numerous objections, I conclude that this argument is undefeated.
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    A Consequentialist Case for Rejecting the Right.Frances Howard-Snyder & Alastair Norcross - 1993 - Journal of Philosophical Research 18:109-125.
    Satisficing and maximizing versions of consequentialism have both assumed that rightness is an alI-or-nothing property. We argue thal this is inimical to the spirit of consequentialism, and that, from the point of view of the consequentialist, actions should be evaluated purely in terms that admit of degree. We first consider the suggestion that rightness and wrongness are a matter of degree. If so, this raises the question of whether the claim that something is wrong says any more than that it (...)
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    The Christian Theodicist's Appeal to Love. Daniel & Frances Howard-Snyder - 1993 - Religious Studies 29 (2):185.
    Many Christian theodicists believe that God's creating us with the capacity to love Him and each other justifies, in large part, God's permitting evil. For example, after reminding us that, according to Christian doctrine, the supreme good for human beings is to enter into a reciprocal love relationship with God, Vincent Brümmer recently wrote: In creating human persons in order to love them, God necessarily assumes vulnerability in relation to them. In fact, in this relation, he becomes even more vulnerable (...)
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    Rule Consequentialism Is a Rubber Duck.Frances Howard-Snyder - 1993 - American Philosophical Quarterly 30 (3):271 - 278.
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    Elbow-Room for Consequentialists.Frances Howard-Snyder - 1992 - Analysis 52 (4):249 - 253.
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    The Pearl of Great Price.Frances Howard-Snyder - 2017 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 81 (1-2):151-160.
    “The Pearl of Great Price” is a short story that explores the ways faith can go wrong. The central character, Janet, a single mom in a dead end job, is drawn into a multi-level marketing scheme, Benevite, by an unscrupulous salesman. She is encouraged to believe in herself and her dream and to give everything she has to it. She is fed the standard clichés to the effect that you can achieve whatever you want if you try hard enough. In (...)
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    Degrees and Dimensions of Rightness: Reflections on Martin Peterson’s Dimensions of Consequentialism.Frances Howard-Snyder - 2016 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 19 (1):31-38.
    Martin Peterson argues for two interesting and appealing claims: multi-dimensionalism and degrees of rightness. Multi-dimensionalism is the view that more than one factor determines whether an act is right. According to Peterson’s multi-dimensionalism, these factors are not simply ways of achieving some greater aggregate good. Degrees of rightness is the view that some actions are more wrong or less right than others without being entirely wrong. It is of course, compatible with this, that some actions are right or wrong to (...)
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    On These Two Commandments Hang All the Law and the Prophets.Frances Howard-Snyder - 2005 - Faith and Philosophy 22 (1):3-20.
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    The Love Commandments: Essays in Christian Ethics and Moral Philosophy. [REVIEW]Frances Howard-Snyder - 1994 - Faith and Philosophy 11 (3):500-507.
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    The Problem of Hell.Frances Howard-Snyder - 1995 - Faith and Philosophy 12 (3):442-450.
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    Book Reviews Portmore , Douglas . Commonsense Consequentialism: Wherein Morality Meets Rationality Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. Pp. 266. $74.00 (Paper). [REVIEW]Frances Howard-Snyder - 2012 - Ethics 123 (1):179-183.
  26. Review of Peter van Inwagen, God, Mystery, and Knowledge. [REVIEW]Daniel Howard-Snyder & Frances Howard-Snyder - unknown - Faith and Philosophy:xxx.
    This volume collects nine essays published by Peter van Inwagen between 1977 and 1995. Part I features, among other things, modal skepticism with respect to ontological arguments and arguments from evil. Part II addresses certain tensions Christians may feel between modern biology, critical studies of the New Testament, and the comparative study of religions, on the one hand, and Christian orthodoxy, on the other. Part III deploys a formal logic of relative identity to model the internal consistency of the orthodox (...)
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    Book ReviewsPortmore, Douglas. Commonsense Consequentialism: Wherein Morality Meets Rationality.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. Pp. 266. $74.00. [REVIEW]Frances Howard-Snyder - 2012 - Ethics 123 (1):179-183.
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    The Love Commandments.Frances Howard-Snyder - 1994 - Faith and Philosophy 11 (3):500-507.
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    God, Knowledge & Mystery.Frances Howard-Snyder & Daniel Howard-Snyder - 1998 - Faith and Philosophy 15 (3):397-399.
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    Gimpse of Light: New Meditations on First Philosophy. [REVIEW]Frances Howard-Snyder - 2018 - The Philosophers' Magazine 81:117-118.
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    Is It Less Wrong to Harm the Vulnerable Than the Secure?Frances Howard-Snyder - 1992 - Journal of Philosophy 89 (12):643-647.
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    A Consequentialist Case for Rejecting the Right.Frances Howard-Snyder & Alastair Norcross - 1993 - Journal of Philosophical Research 18:109-125.
    Satisficing and maximizing versions of consequentialism have both assumed that rightness is an alI-or-nothing property. We argue thal this is inimical to the spirit of consequentialism, and that, from the point of view of the consequentialist, actions should be evaluated purely in terms that admit of degree. We first consider the suggestion that rightness and wrongness are a matter of degree. If so, this raises the question of whether the claim that something is wrong says any more than that it (...)
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    God, Knowledge & Mystery: Essays in Philosophical Theology. [REVIEW]Frances Howard-Snyder & Daniel Howard-Snyder - 1999 - Faith and Philosophy 16 (1):126-134.
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    Is It Less Wrong to Harm the Vulnerable Than the Secure?Frances Howard-Snyder - 1992 - Journal of Philosophy 89 (12):643.
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  35. A Puzzle About Hypocrisy.Frances Howard-Snyder - 2011 - Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion: Vol. 3 3:89.
     
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  36. God, Knowledge & Mystery: Essays in Philosophical Theology. [REVIEW]Frances Howard-Snyder & Daniel Howard-Snyder - 1998 - Faith and Philosophy 15 (3):397-399.
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  37. The Power of Logic.Frances Howard-Snyder - 2012 - Mcgraw-Hill.
    Basic concepts -- Identifying arguments -- Logic and language -- Informal fallacies -- Categorical logic: statements -- Categorical logic: syllogisms -- Statement logic: truth tables -- Statement logic: proofs -- Predicate logic -- Induction -- Probability.
     
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  38. The Power of Logic, 5th Edition.Daniel Howard-Snyder, Frances Howard-Snyder & Ryan Wasserman - 2013 - McGraw-Hill.
    This is a basic logic text for first-time logic students. Custom-made texts from the chapters is an option as well. And there is a website to go with text too: http://www.poweroflogic.com/cgi/menu.cgi .
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