Naturalism Defeated?: Essays on Plantinga's Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism / Edition 1

Naturalism Defeated?: Essays on Plantinga's Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism / Edition 1

by James Beilby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801487633

ISBN-13: 9780801487637

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Almost a decade ago, Alvin Plantinga articulated his bold and controversial evolutionary argument against naturalism. This intriguing line of argument raises issues of importance to epistemologists and to philosophers of mind, of religion, and of science. In this, the first book to address the ongoing debate, Plantinga presents his influential thesis and responds to…  See more details below

Overview

Almost a decade ago, Alvin Plantinga articulated his bold and controversial evolutionary argument against naturalism. This intriguing line of argument raises issues of importance to epistemologists and to philosophers of mind, of religion, and of science. In this, the first book to address the ongoing debate, Plantinga presents his influential thesis and responds to critiques by distinguished philosophers from a variety of subfields. Plantinga's argument is aimed at metaphysical naturalism or roughly the view that no supernatural beings exist. Naturalism is typically conjoined with evolution as an explanation of the existence and diversity of life. Plantinga's claim is that one who holds to the truth of both naturalism and evolution is irrational in doing so. More specifically, because the probability that unguided evolution would have produced reliable cognitive faculties is either low or inscrutable, one who holds both naturalism and evolution acquires a "defeater" for every belief he/she holds, including the beliefs associated with naturalism and evolution. Following Plantinga's brief summary of his thesis are eleven original pieces by his critics. The book concludes with a new essay by Plantinga in which he defends and extends his view that metaphysical naturalism is self-defeating.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801487637
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Evolutionary Argument against Naturalism1
Naturalism Defended15
Is Science Biologically Possible?30
Darwin's Doubt, Calvin's Calvary43
Commonsense Naturalism61
Plantinga's Evolutionary Meditations91
Can Atheists Know Anything?103
A House Divided against Itself Cannot Stand129
Conditional Probabilities in Plantinga's Argument135
The Illusion of Defeat153
Conditional Probability and Defeat165
Plantinga, Naturalism, and Defeat176
Reply to Beilby's Cohorts204
Contributors277
Index281

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >