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  1.  270 DLs
    Alvin Plantinga (1981). Is Belief in God Properly Basic? Noûs 15 (1):41-51.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1991). ``An Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism&Quot. Logos 12:27--48.
    Only in rational creatures is there found a likeness of God which counts as an image . . . . As far as a likeness of the divine nature is concerned, rational creatures seem somehow to attain a representation of [that] type in virtue of imitating God not only in this, that he is and lives, but especially in this, that he understands (ST Ia Q.93 a.6).
     
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    Alvin Plantinga (2006). Against Materialism. Faith and Philosophy 23 (1):3-32.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1976). Actualism and Possible Worlds. Theoria 42 (1-3):139-160.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1992). The Nature of Necessity. Clarendon Press.
    This book, one of the first full-length studies of the modalities to emerge from the debate to which Saul Kripke, David Lewis, Ruth Marcus, and others are contributing, is an exploration and defense of the notion of modality de re, the idea that objects have both essential and accidental properties. Plantinga develops his argument by means of the notion of possible worlds and ranges over such key problems as the nature of essence, transworld identity, negative existential propositions, and the existence (...)
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    Alvin Plantinga (2009). Transworld Depravity, Transworld Sanctity, & Uncooperative Essences. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 78 (1):178-191.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1966). Kant's Objection to the Ontological Argument. Journal of Philosophy 63 (19):537-546.
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    Alvin Plantinga (2007). On "Proper Basicality". Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 75 (3):612–621.
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    Daniel C. Dennett & Alvin Plantinga (2011). Science and Religion: Are They Compatible? OUP Usa.
    An enlightening discussion that will motivate students to think critically, the book opens with Plantinga's assertion that Christianity is compatible with evolutionary theory because Christians believe that God created the living world, and it is entirely possible that God did so by using a process of evolution.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1993). Warrant and Proper Function. Oxford University Press.
    In this companion volume to Warrant: The Current Debate, Plantinga develops an original approach to the question of epistemic warrant; that is what turns true belief into knowledge. He argues that what is crucial to warrant is the proper functioning of one's cognitive faculties in the right kind of cognitive environment.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1997). Methodological Naturalism. Origins and Design 18 (1):18-27.
    The philosophical doctrine of methodological naturalism holds that, for any study of the world to qualify as "scientific," it cannot refer to God's creative activity (or any sort of divine activity). The methods of science, it is claimed, "give us no purchase" on theological propositions--even if the latter are true--and theology therefore cannot influence scientific explanation or theory justification. Thus, science is said to be religiously neutral, if only because science and religion are, by their very natures, epistemically distinct. However, (...)
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    Alvin Plantinga (1979). The Probabilistic Argument From Evil. Philosophical Studies 35 (1):1 - 53.
    First I state and develop a probabilistic argument for the conclusion that theistic belief is irrational or somehow noetically improper. Then I consider this argument from the point of view of the major contemporary accounts of probability, Concluding that none of them offers the atheologian aid and comfort.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1983). On Existentialism. Philosophical Studies 44 (1):1 - 20.
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    Alvin Plantinga, Intellectual Sophistication and Basic Belief in God.
    are properly basic for at least some believers in God; there are widely realized sets of conditions, I suggested, in which such propositions are indeed properly basic. And when I said that these beliefs are properly basic, I had in mind what Quinn calls the narrow conception of the basing relation.[1] I was taking it that a person S accepts a belief A on the basis of a belief B only if (roughly) S believes both A and B and could (...)
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    Alvin Plantinga (2011). Content and Natural Selection. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 83 (2):435-458.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1987). Two Concepts of Modality: Modal Realism and Modal Reductionism. Philosophical Perspectives 1 (11):189-231.
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    Kenneth Boyce & Alvin Plantinga (2012). 7 Proper Functionalism. In Andrew Cullison (ed.), The Continuum Companion to Epistemology. Continuum 124.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1974/1977). God, Freedom, and Evil. Eerdmans.
    This book discusses and exemplifies the philosophy of religion, or philosophical reflection on central themes of religion.
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    Alvin Plantinga (2004). Evolution, Epiphenomenalism, Reductionism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 68 (3):602-619.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1996). Science: Augustinian or Duhemian. Faith and Philosophy 13 (3):368-394.
    This paper is a continuation of a discussion with Ernan McMullin; its topic is the question how theists (in particular, Christian theists) should think about modern science---the whole range of modern science, including economics, psychology, sociobiology and so on. Should they follow Augustine in thinking that many large scale scientific projects as well as intellectual projects generally are in the service of one or the other of the civitates? Or should they follow Duhem, who (at least in the case of (...)
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    Alvin Plantinga (1997). Warrant and Accidentally True Belief. Analysis 57 (2):140–145.
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    Alvin Plantinga (2006). Divine Action in the World (Synopsis). Ratio 19 (4):495–504.
    The following is a synopsis of the paper presented by Alvin Plantinga at the RATIO conference on The Meaning of Theism held in April 2005 at the University of Reading. The synopsis has been prepared by the Editor, with the author’s approval, from a handout provided by the author at the conference. The paper reflects on whether religious belief of a traditional Christian kind can be maintained consistently with accepting our modern scientific worldview. Many theologians, and also many scientists, maintain (...)
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    William P. Alston & Alvin Plantinga (1990). Scotland Research Fellowships for the Academic Session 1991-92 Applications Are Invited for These Research Fellowships for the Academic Session 1991-92 The Fellowships Are Intended Primarily, Though Not Exclusively, for Philosophers and Political Theorists on Study Leave From Their Own Universities or Colleges. [REVIEW] Mind 99:396.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1986). On Ockham's Way Out. Faith and Philosophy 3 (3):235-269.
    In Part I, I present two traditional arguments for the incompatibility of divine foreknowledge with human freedom; the first of these is clearly fallacious; but the second, the argument from the necessity of the past, is much stronger. In the second section I explain and partly endorse Ockham’s response to the second argument: that only propositions strictly about the past are accidentally necessary, and past propositions about God’s knowledge of the future are not strictly about the past. In the third (...)
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    Alvin Plantinga (1969). De Re Et de Dicto. Noûs 3 (3):235-258.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1988). Positive Epistemic Status and Proper Function. Philosophical Perspectives 2:1-50.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1986). Two Concepts of Modality: Modal Realism and Modal Reductionism. Journal of Philosophy 83 (11):693.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1961). A Valid Ontological Argument? Philosophical Review 70 (1):93-101.
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    Alvin Plantinga, Religion and Science. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Alvin Plantinga (2001). Rationality and Public Evidence: A Reply to Richard Swinburne. Religious Studies 37 (2):215-222.
    First, my thanks to Richard Swinburne for his probing and thoughtful review of my book Warranted Christian Belief (WCB). His account of the book's mainline of argument is accurate as far as it goes; it does contain an important lacuna, however. The focus of the book is twofold; it is aimed in two directions. First, just as Swinburne says, I argue that there are no plausible de iure objections to Christian belief that are independent of de facto objections; any plausible (...)
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    Alvin Plantinga (1991). Evolution, Neutrality, and Antecedent Probability: A Reply to Van Till and McMullin. Christian Scholar's Review 21 (1):80-109.
    First, I'd like to thank Professors Van Till, Pun, and McMullin for their careful and thoughtful replies. There is a deep level of agreement among all four of us; as is customary with replies and replies to replies, however, I shall concentrate on our areas of disagreement. In the cases of Van Till and McMullin, this may give an impression of deeper disagreement than actually exists. In the case of Pun it leaves me with little to say except Yea and (...)
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    Alvin Plantinga (1991). When Faith and Reason Clash: Evolution and the Bible. Christian Scholar's Review 21 (1):8-32.
    My question is simple: how shall we Christians deal with apparent conflicts between faith and reason, between what we know as Christians and what we know in other ways, between teaching of the Bible and the teachings of science? As a special case, how shall we deal with apparent conflicts between what the Bible initially seems to tell us about the origin and development of life, and what contemporary science seems to tell us about it? Taken at face value, the (...)
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    Alvin Plantinga (2009). The Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism: An Initial Statement of the Argument. In Michael Ruse (ed.), Philosophy After Darwin: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Princeton University Press 301.
    This chapter contains sections titled: * Notes.
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    Alvin Plantinga (2003). Probability and Defeaters. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 84 (3):291–298.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1998). Degenerate Evidence and Rowe's New Evidential Argument From Evil. Noûs 32 (4):531-544.
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    Alvin Plantinga & Patrick Grim (1993). Truth, Omniscience, and Cantorian Arguments: An Exchange. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 71 (3):267 - 306.
    Suppose there were a set T of all truths, and consider all subsets of T --all members of the power set T. To each element of this power set will correspond a truth. To each set of the power set, for example, a particular truth T1 either will or will not belong as a member. In either case we will have a..
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    Alvin Plantinga (1967). God and Other Minds. Cornell University Press.
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    Alvin Plantinga (2003). Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality. Oxford University Press.
    Perhaps no one has done more in the last 30 years to advance thinking in the metaphysics of modality than has Alvin Plantinga. Collected here are some of his most important essays on this influential subject. Dating back from the late 1960's to the present, they chronicle the development of Plantinga's thoughts about some of the most fundamental issues in metaphysics: what is the nature of abstract objects like possible worlds, properties, propositions, and such phenomena? Are there possible but non-actual (...)
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    Alvin Plantinga (2010). Naturalism, Theism, Obligation and Supervenience. Faith and Philosophy 27 (3):247-272.
    Take naturalism to be the idea that there is no such person as God or anything like God. Many philosophers hold that naturalism can accommodate serious moral realism. Many philosophers (and many of the same philosophers) also believe that moral properties supervene on non-moral properties, and even on naturalistic properties (where a naturalistic property is one such that its exemplification is compatible with naturalism). I agree that they do thus supervene, and argue that this makes trouble for anyone hoping to (...)
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    Alvin Plantinga (1992). Justification in the 20th Century. Philosophical Issues 2:43-77.
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    Alvin Plantinga (2011). Response to Nick Wolterstorff. Faith and Philosophy 28 (3):267-268.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1961). It's Actual, so It Must Be Possible. Philosophical Studies 12 (4):61 - 64.
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    Alvin Plantinga (2001). Swinburne and Plantinga on Internal Rationality. Religious Studies 37 (3):357-358.
    I took it that the definitions Swinburne quotes imply that all of a person's basic beliefs are (privately) rational; Swinburne demurs. It still seems to me that these definitions have this consequence. Let me briefly explain why. According to Swinburne, a person's evidence consists of his basic beliefs, weighted by his confidence in them. So presumably we are to think of S's evidence as the set of the beliefs he takes in the basic way, together with a sort of index (...)
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    Alvin Plantinga (1991). The Prospects for Natural Theology. Philosophical Perspectives 5:287-315.
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    Alvin Plantinga (2000). Warranted Christian Belief. Oxford University Press.
    This is the third volume in Alvin Plantinga's trilogy on the notion of warrant, which he defines as that which distinguishes knowledge from true belief.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1970). World and Essence. Philosophical Review 79 (4):461-492.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1975). On Mereological Essentialism. Review of Metaphysics 28 (3):468 - 476.
    This paper examines and comments on roderick chisholm's "parts as essential to their wholes", "review of metaphysics", Volume 26, 1973.
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    Alvin Plantinga (1986). Is Theism Really a Miracle? Faith and Philosophy 3 (2):109-134.
    In this paper I outline and discuss the central claims and arguments of J. L. Mackie’s The Miracle of Theism. Mackie argues, in essence, that none of the traditional theistic arguments is successful taken either one at a time or in tandem, that the theist does nothave a satisfactory response to the problem of evil, and that on balance the theistic hypothesis is much less probable than is its denial. He then concludes that theism is unsatisfactory and rationally unacceptable. I (...)
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    Alvin Plantinga (1993). Warrant: The Current Debate. Oxford University Press.
    Plantinga examines the nature of epistemic warrant; whatever it is that when added to true belief yields knowledge. This volume surveys current contributions to the debate and paves the way for his owm positive proposal in Warrant and Proper Function.
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    Alvin Plantinga (2012). Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism. OUP Usa.
    In this long-awaited book, pre-eminent analytical philosopher Alvin Plantinga argues that the conflict between science and theistic religion is actually superficial, and that at a deeper level they are in concord.
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