God and Other Minds: A Study of the Rational Justification of Belief in God

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Cornell University Press, 1990 - Religion - 277 pages
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A modern classic. Plantinga shows in this book, that the same objections that are raised against the teleological theistic argument can also be raised against the other minds inference. But since we ignore these objections in the latter case, we should also ignore them in the former.
The book ist worth buying for the other content as well. Especially interesting is Plantingas exposure of the problem of evil. He argues for the idea, that the proposition p1(there is evil in the world) and p2(A omnipotent and infinitely good god exists) yields no formal contradiction. Additional propositions are needed to bring about such a contradiction. Such an additional proposition is hard to find though, since all of them include cases, where evil seems to be compatible with good intentions, given the existence of free agents.
 

Contents

The Cosmological Argument
3
The Ontological Argument I
26
The Ontological Argument II
64
The Tclcological Argument
95
The Problem of Evil
115
The Free Will Defense
131
Verificationism and Other Atheologica
156
Other Minds and Analogy
187
Alternatives to the Analogical Position
212
God and Analogy
245
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Alvin Plantinga is John A. O'Brien Professor Emeritus ofPhilosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His other booksinclude Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism and Warranted ChristianBelief.

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