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

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
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 1978
ISBN(s) 0038-4283
DOI 10.1111/j.2041-6962.1978.tb01346.x
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 72,564
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

A Middle Way to God.Garth Hallett - 2000 - Oxford University Press.
Plantinga, God, and (yet) Other Minds.Robert J. Richman - 1972 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 50 (1):40 – 54.
An Inductive Argument for Other Minds.Peter Ray - 1976 - Philosophical Studies 29 (February):129-139.
Inductive Evidence for Other Minds.Jerome I. Gellman - 1974 - Philosophical Studies 25 (July):323-336.
Induction and Other Minds.Alvin Plantinga - 1966 - Review of Metaphysics 19 (3):441-61.
Induction and Other Minds.Michael Anthony Slote - 1966 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (2):341-60.


Added to PP index

Total views
72 ( #163,270 of 2,533,572 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #390,861 of 2,533,572 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes