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Naturalism Defeated?

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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...


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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.
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Almost a decade ago, Alvin Plantinga articulated his controversial evolutionary argument against naturalism. This, the first book to address the ongoing debate, presents Plantinga's thesis followed by 11 pieces by critics.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 177446
  • Product Code 0801487633
  • EAN 9780801487637
  • Pages 296
  • Department Academic
  • Category Science
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cornell University Press
  • Publication Date Mar 2002
  • Dimensions 236 x 157 x 18mm
  • Weight 0.454kg

James Beilby

James K. Beilby (Ph.D., Marquette University) is associate professor of systematic and philosophical theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. His books include Why Bother With Truth? (with David Clark), Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views (with Paul Eddy), Naturalism Defeated?, For Faith and Clarity and Epistemology as Theology.

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