Alvin Plantinga (Contemporary Philosophy in Focus)
By: Deane-Peter Baker (editor)Paperback
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Few thinkers have had as much impact on contemporary philosophy as has Alvin Plantinga. The work of this quintessential analytic philosopher has in many respects set the tone for the debate in the fields of modal metaphysics and epistemology and he is arguably the most important philosopher of religion of our time. In this volume, a distinguished team of today's leading philosophers address the central aspects of Plantinga's philosophy - his views on natural theology; his responses to the problem of evil; his contributions to the field of modal metaphysics; the controversial evolutionary argument against naturalism; his model of epistemic warrant and his view of epistemic defeat; and his recent work on mind-body dualism. Also included is an appendix containing Plantinga's often referred to, but previously unpublished, lecture notes entitled 'Two Dozen (or so) Theistic Arguments', with a substantial preface to the appendix written by Plantinga specifically for this volume.
Deane-Peter Baker is a Lecturer in the School of Philosophy and Ethics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He has published articles on epistemology and philosophy of religion in the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, The Heythrop Journal, and Theoria; and he is co-editor of the South African Journal of Philosophy.
Introduction: Alvin Plantinga, God's philosopher Deane-Peter Baker; 1. Natural theology Graham Oppy; 2. Evil and Alvin Plantinga Richard M. Gale; 3. The modal metaphysics of Alvin Plantinga John Divers; 4. Natural theology and naturalist atheology: Plantinga's evolutionary argument against naturalism Ernest Sosa; 5. Two approaches to epistemic defeat Jonathan Kvanvig; 6. Plantinga's model of warranted Christian belief James Beilby; 7. Pluralism and proper function Kelly James Clark; 8. Plantinga's replacement argument Peter Van Inwagen; Appendix. Two dozen (or so) theistic arguments Alvin Plantinga.
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