Naturalism, evolution and true belief

Analysis 72 (1):41-48 (2012)
Abstract
Plantinga's Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism aims to show that naturalism is, as he puts it, ‘incoherent or self defeating’. Plantinga supposes that, in the absence of any God-like being to guide the process, natural selection is unlikely to favour true belief. Plantinga overlooks the fact that adherents of naturalism may plausibly hold that there exist certain conceptual links between belief content and behaviour. Given such links, natural selection will favour true belief. A further rather surprising consequence of the existence of such links is this: even if semantic properties are epiphenomenal, unguided evolution will still favour true belief
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1093/analys/anr130
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 27,590
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Natural Selection Does Care About Truth.Maarten Boudry & Michael Vlerick - 2014 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 28 (1):65-77.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
What's Wrong with the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism?Geoff Childers - 2011 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 69 (3):193-204.
Naturalism and Self-Defeat: Plantinga's Version.N. M. L. Nathan - 1997 - Religious Studies 33 (2):135-142.
Plantinga on Warrant.Richard Swinburne - 2001 - Religious Studies 37 (2):203-214.
Naturalized Truth and Plantinga's Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism.Feng Ye - 2011 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 70 (1):27-46.
Cognitive Faculties and Evolutionary Naturalism.Bernardo Cantens - 2006 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 80:201-208.
Methodological Naturalism Under Attack.Michael Ruse - 2005 - South African Journal of Philosophy 24 (1):44-60.
What Science Can and Cannot Say: The Problems with Methodological Naturalism.Reed Richter - 2002 - Reports of the National Center for Science Education 22 (Jan-Apr 2002):18-22.
Is There a Value Problem?Jason Baehr - 2009 - In Adrian Haddock, Alan Millar & Duncan Pritchard (eds.), Epistemic Value. Oxford University Press. pp. 42--59.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2011-12-10

Total downloads

123 ( #39,342 of 2,168,170 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

6 ( #49,913 of 2,168,170 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums