“An Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism”. Alvin Plantinga · Logos. Anales Del Seminario de Metafísica [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España]. Alvin Plantinga’s Evolutionary Argument against Naturalism (EAAN) begins with the following simple idea: the evolutionary process of natural selection selects. In his recently published two-volume work in epistemology,1 Alvin Plantinga . probabilistic argument against naturalism – and for traditional theism” (p).

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He said that materialists offer two theories for this question: I’m familiar with a good deal of Plantinga’s published work and I’ve watched him naturaliam this argument at least a dozen times via youtube and once in personand I don’t recall ever hearing this objection raised. Plantinga asserts that “this doubt arises for naturalists or atheists, but not for those who believe in God. Thus, my overall evaluation of the book is very positive.

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Retrieved from ” https: Title First Published 22 March The Current Status of the Philosophy of Biology. The Cultures of Creationism. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Find it on Scholar. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. The argument for this is that if both evolution and naturalism are true, then the probability of having reliable cognitive faculties are low.

Lewis popularised it in the first edition of his book Miracles in Plantinga thought that we have something of an idea as to the history of NP properties: David Reiter – – Journal of Philosophical Research Plantinga tried to throw doubt on this conjunction with a preliminary argument that the conjunction is probably false, and a main argument that it is self-defeating, if you believe it you should stop believing it.


Request removal from index. Arguments for Theism, Misc in Philosophy of Religion. Edited by James Beilby. Plantinga’s argument attempted to show that to combine naturalism and evolution is self-defeating, because, under these assumptions, the probability that humans have reliable cognitive faculties is low or inscrutable.

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“An Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism&quot

Robbins’ argument, stated roughly, was that while in a Cartesian mind beliefs can be identified with no reference to the environmental factors that caused them, arvument a pragmatic mind they are identifiable only with reference to those factors. Johnsonand as having endorsed Johnson’s book Darwin on Trial.

Plantinga argued that neural structures that constitute beliefs have contentin the following way: They described how Plantinga set out various scenarios of belief affecting evolutionary success, but undercut the low probability he previously required when he suggested an “inscrutable” probability, and by ignoring availability of variants he fails to show that false beliefs will be equally adaptive as his claim of low probability assumes.

If Descartes’ Demon existed, then I would have a reason to doubt any belief I held except, according to Descartes, that I existbecause he may be deceiving me, right? In this conception a belief will have two different sorts of properties: That is because if God has created us in his image, then even if he fashioned us by some evolutionary means, he would presumably want us to resemble him in being able to know; but then most of what we believe might be true even if our minds have developed from those of the lower animals.


Only in rational creatures is there found a likeness of God which counts as an image. Plantinga distinguished the various aalvin of mind-body interaction into four jointly exhaustive categories:.

Firstly, they criticised Plantinga’s use of a Bayesian framework in which he arbitrarily assigned initial probabilities without empirical evidencepredetermining the outcome in favor of traditional theism, and described this as a recipe for replacing any non-deterministic theory in the natural sciences, so that for example a probable outcome predicted by quantum mechanics would be seen as the outcome of God’s will. If anyone who believes evolutionary naturalism thereby acquires a defeater for evolutionary naturalism, then evolutionary naturalism is self-defeating and cannot be rationally believed.

But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or anything else. Added to PP index Total downloads 17, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads?