Ever better situations and the failure of expression principles

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William Rowe argues that if an omnipotent, omniscient being were faced with an infinite hierarchy of better and better worlds to create, that being could not also be unsurpassably morally excellent. His argument assumes that, at least in ideal circumstances, degree of moral goodness must be perfectly expressed in the degree of goodness of the outcomes chosen. Reflection upon the application of analogous expression principles for certainty and desire shows that such principles can be expected to fail for anyone capable of facing an infinite range of options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)408-416
Number of pages9
JournalFaith and Philosophy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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