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By Deane-Peter Baker

Possible fairly deepen their realizing of Plantinga's ideas through interpreting what different comptemporary philosophers need to say approximately his work.
I think Plantinga has damaged loads of new floor, and it's interesting to work out how different leaders within the box are digesting his paintings. This paintings additionally includes Plantinga's notes on his speech concerning "A Dozen or So Arguments for God."
My maximum suggestion. As a non-trained neophyte on the planet of philosophy, i discovered this publication very worthwhile in placing a few context to Plantinga's paintings. i wouldn't suggest interpreting this evaluation, even if, with no first examining Plantinga himself. particularly, i might suggest "Warranted Christian trust" and "God and different Minds."
A variety of his essays also are on-line.

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At the very least, there is a large promissory note here on which payment remains to be made. Even if – most implausibly – Plantinga were to agree that some – or many, or most, or all – of the two dozen (or so) theistic arguments are not fit for reasonable “bolstering”, or “confirming”, or “convincing”, and so forth, it does not follow that he would need to concede that there are no other arguments that are fit for reasonable bolstering, or confirming, or convincing, and so forth, with respect to the claim that God exists.

Consequently, there is a good prima facie reason to suppose that the claim that belief in other minds is rationally permissible – and, indeed, arguably, rationally required – lends no significant support to the claim that it is rationally permissible, let alone rationally required, that one believe in God. Of course, one might also well wish to take issue with the claim that there is no satisfactory answer to the question of whether and how we know the 16:35 P1: JyD 0521855314c01 CUNY806B/Baker 18 0 521 85531 0 April 17, 2007 Graham Oppy thoughts and feelings of other people: but it would take us far beyond our current brief to try to explore that suggestion here.

For, we might say, while the ‘victorious’ modal ontological argument really does show that it is rational to believe that God exists, neither the corresponding atheological modal ontological argument nor any of the other atheological arguments shows that it is rational to believe that God does not exist. However, at the very least, one would like to have an account of showing that bears out the mooted differential treatment: If, for example, we hold that the ‘victorious’ modal ontological arguments show to theists that it is rational for theists to believe that God exists, why shouldn’t we also say that the corresponding ‘victorious’ atheological modal ontological arguments show to atheists that it is rational for atheists to believe that God does not exist?

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