Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Plantinga's Devastation of Dawkins and Dennett

I am enjoying Alvin Plantinga's Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism. Plantinga, the brilliant analytic philosopher, devastates Dawkins's and Dennett's central claim, which is: "Given certain controversial assumptions about logical possibility (for example, that it is possible that mind come to be in a mindless universe), we don’t know that Darwin’s dangerous idea is astronomically improbable," from which it is concluded that from p is not astronomically improbable (it is not improbable that evolution is unguided) that p, therefore, is true (therefore evolution is unguided). (pp. 40-41)

This is delightful reading. Plantinga is one of our greatest analytic philosophers, and also possesses a wonderful sense of dry humor.