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Plantinga — and Lettie G. Plantinga's father was a first-generation immigrant, born in the Netherlands. Carl, Jane, Harry, and Ann.
This collection of essays, all of which were written specifically for this volume in honor of Plantinga’s 70th birthday, ranges broadly over topics in metaphysics and epistemology and includes contributions by some of the best philosophers writing today. Sebastian Rehnman: Review of Knowledge and Reality: Essays in Honor of Alvin Plantinga from Casteñada, Perry and onwards, and . This collection of essays, all of which were written specifically for this volume in honor of Plantinga’s 70th birthday, ranges broadly over topics in metaphysics and epistemology and includes contributions by some of the best philosophers writing benjaminpohle.coms: 1.
Another of his brothers, Leonis an emeritus professor of musicology at Yale University. Plantinga reluctantly followed his father's advice and ina few months before his 17th birthday, he enrolled in Jamestown Collegein JamestownNorth Dakota. During his first semester at Calvin, Plantinga was awarded a scholarship to attend Harvard University.
Induring Harvard's spring recess, Plantinga attended a few philosophy classes at Calvin College, and was so impressed with Calvin philosophy professor William Harry Jellema that he returned in to study philosophy under him.
Inhe accepted a teaching job at Calvin College, where he replaced the retiring Jellema. He has trained many prominent philosophers working in metaphysics and epistemology including Michael Bergmann at Purdue and Michael Rea at Notre Dame, and Trenton Merricks working at University of Virginia.
Where the Conflict Really Lies".
Awardees deliver a lecture at Baylor University and their name is put on a plaque with Plantinga's image in the Institute for Studies in Religion.
He was named the first fellow of the center as well. Philosophical views[ edit ] Plantinga has argued that some people can know that God exists as a basic beliefrequiring no argument.
He developed this argument in two different fashions: Plantinga's free will defense Plantinga proposed a "free will defense" in a volume edited by Max Black in which attempts to refute the logical problem of evilthe argument that the existence of evil is logically incompatible with the existence of an omnipotent, omniscient, wholly good God.
Furthermore, it is possible that God, even being omnibenevolent, would desire to create a world which contains evil if moral goodness requires free moral creatures. Mackie sees Plantinga's free-will defense as incoherent. Plantinga's contribution stated that when the issue of a comprehensive doctrine of freedom is added to the discussion of the goodness of God and the omnipotence of God then it is not possible to exclude the presence of evil in the world after introducing freedom into the discussion.
Reformed epistemology Plantinga giving a lecture on science and religion in Plantinga's contributions to epistemology include an argument which he dubs "Reformed epistemology". According to Reformed epistemology, belief in God can be rational and justified even without arguments or evidence for the existence of God.
More specifically, Plantinga argues that belief in God is properly basicand due to a religious externalist epistemology, he claims belief in God could be justified independently of evidence. His externalist epistemology, called "proper functionalism", is a form of epistemological reliabilism.
Plantinga discusses his view of Reformed epistemology and proper functionalism in a three-volume series. In the first book of the trilogy, Warrant: The Current Debate, Plantinga introduces, analyzes, and criticizes 20th-century developments in analytic epistemology, particularly the works of ChisholmBonJourAlstonGoldmanand others.
Plantinga asserts that the design plan does not require a designer: Ultimately, Plantinga argues that epistemological naturalism - i. In this volume, Plantinga's warrant theory is the basis for his theological end: The former attempts to show that a belief in God can be justified, warranted and rational, while the Extended model tries to show that specifically Christian theological beliefs including the Trinitythe Incarnationthe resurrection of Christthe atonementsalvation etc.
Under this model, Christians are justified in their beliefs because of the work of the Holy Spirit in bringing those beliefs about in the believer. James Beilby has argued that the purpose of Plantinga's Warrant trilogy, and specifically of his Warranted Christian Belief, is firstly to make a form of argument against religion impossible—namely, the argument that whether or not Christianity is true, it is irrational—so "the skeptic would have to shoulder the formidable task of demonstrating the falsity of Christian belief"  rather than simply dismiss it as irrational.
In addition, Plantinga is attempting to provide a philosophical explanation of how Christians should think about their own Christian belief. Modal ontological argument[ edit ] Alvin Plantinga criticized Malcolm's and Hartshorne's ontological arguments and proposed a variation of his own.
Plantinga has expressed a modal logic version of the ontological argument in which he uses modal logic to develop, in a more rigorous and formal way, Norman Malcolm 's and Charles Hartshorne 's modal ontological arguments.
Plantinga criticized Malcolm's and Hartshorne's arguments, and offered an alternative. It does not, he argued, demonstrate that such a being has unsurpassed greatness in this world.
A being's excellence in a particular world depends only on its properties in that world; a being's greatness depends on its properties in all worlds. Therefore, the greatest possible being must have maximal excellence in every possible world. Plantinga then restated Malcolm's argument, using the concept of "maximal greatness".
He argued that it is possible for a being with maximal greatness to exist, so a being with maximal greatness exists in a possible world.
If this is the case, then a being with maximal greatness exists in every world, and therefore in this world. Plantinga's version of S5 suggests that "To say that p is possibly necessarily true is to say that, with regard to one world, it is true at all worlds; but in that case it is true at all worlds, and so it is simply necessary.
It is possible that there is a being that has maximal greatness.Knowledge and Reality: Essays in Honor of Alvin Plantinga (Philosophical 11 copies Neuroscience and the Soul: The Human Person in Philosophy, Science, and 9 copies In .
This volume was conceived as a Festschrift to surprise Alvin Plantinga on his 70th birthday. That original plan was not entirely successful.
reality essays in honor of alvin plantinga edited by thomas m. crisp, matthew davidson and david vander laan philosophicalstudies series knowledge and realit y. philosophical studies series knowledge and reality edited by thomas m. crisp biola universit y, la mirada, ca, u.s.a. “Split Brains and the Godhead,” in Thomas Crisp, Matthew Davidson, and David Vander Laan (eds.) Knowledge and Reality: Essays in Honor of Alvin Plantinga on His Seventieth Birthday(Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, ). Alvin Carl Plantinga (born ) is an American Christian philosopher, currently the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre benjaminpohle.com is known for his work in Christian apologetics, epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion, and in particular for applying the methods of analytic philosophy to defend orthodox Christian beliefs.
For one thing, the day came and went well before the work was complete. For another, the project wasn't quite a surprise: Plantinga caught wind of it (though n. Matthew Davidson, Thomas Crisp, David Vander Laan, eds., Knowledge and Reality: Essays in Honor of Alvin Plantinga, Kluwer Academic Press, “Persistence and Divine Conservation,” Religious Studies 42 (), Essays on Plantinga's Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism.
Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Sennet, James (ed), The Analytic Theist: An Alvin Plantinga Reader. Grand Rapids: Eeardman. ISBN ; Kvanvig, Jonathan (ed), Warrant in Contemporary Epistemology: Essays in Honor of Plantinga's Theory of Knowledge. Savage, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.
Notre Dame philosopher Alvin Plantinga honored with $ million award for his exceptional contributions to affirming life's spiritual dimensions. Over his 50 years of research, Plantinga refuted the logical problem of evil as an argument against the existence of God and identified compatibilities between rationality and religious belief.
Matthew Davidson, and David Vander Laan, eds., Knowledge and Reality: Essays in Honor of Alvin Plantinga. Philosophical Studies Series , New York: Spring-Verlag, , – Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstorﬀ, eds., Faith and Rationality, Practices of Belief: Selected Essays.