“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: Request removal from index. The evolutionary argument against naturalism EAAN is a philosophical argument asserting a problem with believing both evolution and philosophical naturalism simultaneously.

Evolutionary Biology in Philosophy of Biology. Notes Introductory to the Study of Theology, 8th ed. Thus, Plantinga argued, the probability that our minds are reliable under a conjunction of philosophical naturalism and naturalistic evolution is low or inscrutable.

They concluded that Plantinga has drawn attention to unreliability of cognitive processes that is already taken into account by evolutionary scientists who accept that science is a fallible exercise, and appreciate the need to be as scrupulous as possible with the fallible cognitive processes available. Thus, my overall evaluation of the book is very positive. An Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism.

This entry has no external links. 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? Evolutionary naturalism cannot be rationally believed.

Naturalism Defeated?, Essays on Plantinga’s Evolutionary Argument against Naturalism

A collection of essays entitled Naturalism Defeated? Omar Mirza – – Philosophical Studies 2: 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.

It’s like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London. Plantinga thought that we have something of an idea as to the history of NP properties: In a paper Branden Fitelson of the University of California, Berkeley and Elliott Sober of the University of Wisconsin—Madison set out to show that the arguments presented by Plantinga contain serious errors.


It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought. 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.

But what about the belief that Descartes’ Demon exists?

“An Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism&quot

At a minimum, the naturalist has to believe premises such as that the wlvin world exists, that scientific instruments are real, that the scientific articles he reads really exist and describe real experiments, and so forth.

Oxford University Press Inc. Plantinga, Alvin, Tooley, Michael He claimed that ” Darwin himself had worries along these lines” and quoted from an letter: Beilby, editor of the volume, Plantinga’s proposition “raises issues of interest to epistemologists, argjment of mind, evolutionary biologists, and philosophers of religion”. Read the book and decide for yourself.

He noted that if content properties are reducible to NP properties, then they also supervene upon them.

Naturalism Defeated?

Plantinga argued that neural structures that constitute beliefs have contentin the following way: Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: David Reiter – – Journal of Philosophical Research In the letter, Darwin had expressed agreement with William Planting claim that natural laws implied purpose and the belief evolutionsry the universe was “not the result of chance”, but again showed his doubts about such beliefs and left the matter as insoluble.

To put this another way, natural selection does not directly select for true beliefs, but rather for advantageous behaviours. It might be true, but it cannot be rational to affirm it as such.

Science Logic and Mathematics. Even if his claims of improbability were correct, that need not affect belief in evolution, and they considered it would be more sensible to accept that evolutionary processes sometimes have improbable outcomes. Thus it seems that when I consider whether Descartes’ Demon exists, it may lead me to doubt the truth of all my other beliefs, but how could it lead me to doubt the existence of the demon itself, for if there were no demon, then obviously there would be no pplantinga to trick me.


Rather, the purpose of his argument is to show that the denial of the existence of a creative deity is platinga. Plantinga asserts that “this doubt arises for naturalists or atheists, but not for those who believe in God. In a chapter titled ‘The New Creationism: Plantinga distinguished the various theories of mind-body interaction into four jointly exhaustive categories:. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking.

Lewis popularised it in the first edition of his book Miracles in We are all indebted to Beilby who has deepened the sophistication of a growing discussion of evolutionary epistemology. They considered his sentiment that high probability is required for rational belief to be repudiated by philosophical lessons such as the lottery paradoxand that each step in his argument requires principles different from those he had described.

Plantinga’s use of R to mean that “the great bulk” of our beliefs are true fails to deal with the cumulative effect of adding beliefs which have variable reliability about different subjects. In the foreword to the anthology Naturalism Defeated? Nathan – – Religious Studies 33 2: But then with me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy.

The possibility of a Deceiver also means that I could not be justified in believing in the Deceiver himself, but so what?

Anyone who has a defeater for the belief that his cognitive faculties are reliable has a defeater for any other belief he has. An undercutting defeater merely removes any warrant for thinking the targeted statement to be true.