ALVIN PLANTINGA AGAINST MATERIALISM PDF

Alvin Plantinga is not only known in philosophical circles for his reformed epistemology but also for his evolutionary argument against naturalism. As such, evolutionary theory feeds into an argument that seeks to undermine philosophical naturalism, the philosophical worldview held by most atheists. Plantinga notes that if human beings are a result of the evolutionary process then one needs to maintain that the main purpose of our cognitive faculties are for survival and reproductive fitness. Rather, it only cares whether or not our actions are adaptive and whether or not they contribute to our fitness. As Plantinga argues, if this is the case then the naturalist would be unwarranted to expect his or her cognitive faculties to be aimed at truth.

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Suppose we believe that physics is the proper study of matter and its characteristics, and that other studies have other subjects. In the materialist framework, if physicists were to give us a complete explanation of matter and material interactions, then this would be a complete explanation of the universe. This reduction of all realms of thought i. Plantinga also points out problems with the materialist argument as articulated above. First and foremost, Plantinga finds materialism to be internally incoherent.

What would it mean for some piece of matter to have a belief? Or what would it mean for a collection of particles to feel or sense something? Materialists operate with these concepts—they have beliefs e. They rely on beliefs and sensations to do their work and arrive at their conclusions. In other words, Plantinga accuses materialists of relying on non-material concepts to get to their conclusions, to then discredit the path they used to get there. For Plantinga, this is incoherent.

Plantinga also addresses a further problem with materialism. How would a materialist answer this question? The only way out of this infinite regression is to suppose that matter is basic, that it requires no explanation.

When these alternate groundings are acknowledged, true discussion can begin, with both religious and non-religious perspectives addressing the core of disagreement rather than the periphery. Citations 1. September 24, It is not the belief that expensive clothes and possessions are the key to happiness; although, they are probably given a better claim to reality than any spiritual possession.

He has written numerous articles exposing and critiquing the presuppositions behind Philosophical Materialism. Max Graham graduated in with a B. You might also be interested in:.

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ALVIN PLANTINGA AGAINST MATERIALISM PDF

Suppose we believe that physics is the proper study of matter and its characteristics, and that other studies have other subjects. In the materialist framework, if physicists were to give us a complete explanation of matter and material interactions, then this would be a complete explanation of the universe. This reduction of all realms of thought i. Plantinga also points out problems with the materialist argument as articulated above. First and foremost, Plantinga finds materialism to be internally incoherent. What would it mean for some piece of matter to have a belief? Or what would it mean for a collection of particles to feel or sense something?

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Links to Google Translated versions of posts are not allowed. Douglas Odegard — — Personalist 58 April: Obviously there is no mystery why this is the case, but a myopic study of either would leave plantinnga with an explanatory gap. Posted by Maverick Christian at 9: Posts must not be behind any sort of paywall or registration wall. Dependence is one thing, identity quite another I believe something and on the basis of this belief my soul impacts my neural pathways in a certain way againsr cause behavior. That might be taken to mateiralism that my body and soul are discrete entities, if my soul can be replaced so easily. Surely whatever is performing the transition must be capturing and recording all that information and then restoring it. Exceptions are made only for posts about philosophers with substantive content, e.

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