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Alvin Plantinga is one of the leading figures in Anglo-American metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of religion; his work in these areas has been the focus of wide scholarly attention. 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.
Contributing Authors. Preface. Acknowledgments.- 1 Actualism and Presentism; J.E. Tomberlin.- 2 Properties; P. van Inwagen.- 3 So You Think You Exist? In Defense of Nolipsism; J. Ismael, J.L. Pollock.- 4 Substance and Artifact in Aquinas's Metaphysics; E. Stump.- 5 Epistemology and Metaphysics; W.P. Alston.- 6 Historicizing the Belief-Forming Self; N. Wolterstorff.- 7 A Dilemma for Internalism; M. Bergmann.- 8 Epistemic Internalism, Philosophical Assurance and the Skeptical Predicament; R. Fumerton.- 9 Scientific Naturalism and the Value of Knowledge; J. Kvanvig.- 10 Naturalism and Moral Realism; M.C. Rea.- 11 A Problem with Bayesian Conditionalization; R. Otte.- 12 Materialism and Post-Mortem Survival; K.E. Yandell.- 13 Split Brains and the Godhead; T. Merricks.- Index.
Posted August 30, 2006
The thirteen essays in this anthology cover mainly metaphysics and epistemology. The reader should not expect introductions to any of these areas of research. All essays presuppose to know very well the current philosophical discussion. I for myself appreciated the most Peter van Inwagen: 'Properties' William P. Alston: 'Epistemology and Metaphysics' and Jonathan Kvanvig: 'Scientific Naturalism and the Value of Knowledge'. Van Inwagen gives new insights in the longtime discussion about platonism and nominalism. Alston emphasizes that the fundamental epistemological principles already assume certain metaphysical principles. And Kvanvig shows how a naturalist point of view can nevertheless account for the value of knowledge. All these essays will be read and discussed long after Plantinga's upcoming - hopefully many birthdays. To everyone, who is interested in metaphysics or epistemology on an academic level 'Knowledge and Reality' is highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.