Naturalism, Theism, Obligation and Supervenience by Alvin Plantinga

Plantinga received a research grant from the Ammonius Foundation to write on the subject of naturalism and objective morality.  The completed paper is out and published in Faith & Philosophy (vol. 27, no. 3 (2010)).  If you are interested you can find Plantinga’s paper entitled  Naturalism, Theism, Obligation and Supervenience by clicking the link.  I haven’t had the opportunity to read the paper completely but Plantinga argues that naturalism does not accommodate moral theorizing.  


New Book by Plantinga Exploring The Real ‘Conflict’: Science Vs. Naturalism

New Book by Plantinga Exploring The Real ‘Conflict’: Science Vs. Naturalism

Here is a short interview of Plantinga discussing his new book Exploring The Real ‘Conflict’.  To amplify and read between the lines a bit, scientific research has produced amazing discoveries in the natural world.  The real issue for Plantinga is a naturalistic precommitment to questions that are not scientific in nature like the existence of God.  The  benefit of each discipline can flourish once the scope of their field of inquiry is clearly understood.

Plantinga Retires


If you haven’t heard the news Alvin Plantinga is retiring after a long and productive career as the John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame.  Since the announcement on May 20th there have been several articles written about his significant contribution to Christian Philosophy or more specifically Epistemology.
My experience with Plantinga began as a philosophy student at Cal State when a professor recommended Warrant and Proper Function.  In this volume Plantinga critically examines epistemic warrant and what criteria one must have for warranted belief.  I later found that Warrant and Proper Function was the second on a series beginning with Warrant: the Current Debate where Plantinga discusses the current debate in epistemology as it pertains to “warrant” (hence the title of the book).  The series ends with Warranted: Christian Belief where Plantinga argues that belief in Christian Theism is ultimately warranted so long as they are formed by properly functioning cognitive faculties.
While I have my disagreements with Plantinga one cannot deny the high caliber of work he produced and the impact he has had.  Fortunately Books and Culture reports that Plantinga will continue to write and will take up a teaching position at Calvin College.  If you are interested in a taste of Plantinga he has recently written a response to a critique of his evolutionary argument against naturalism, Content and Natural Selection.