Southern Journal of Philosophy 16 (4):285-91 (1978)

Abstract
Alvin plantinga has presented various counterexamples to the argument from analogy for other minds. I argue that the implausibility of the counterexample inferences plantinga offers depends not on a weakness essential to the analogical argument but rather on features peculiar to the inferences he provides. My procedure is to establish a number of necessary conditions for any acceptable analogical argument and then to show plantinga's counterexamples fail to meet these conditions. I then construct an analogical argument for other minds which meets all these conditions and hence appears acceptable and invulnerable to plantinga's objections. Other responses to plantinga are also criticized
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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Reprint years 1978
ISBN(s) 0038-4283
DOI 10.1111/j.2041-6962.1978.tb01346.x
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