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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Paul Draper and Alvin Plantinga

I'm using an article by Paul Draper in one of my classes.  He describes himself as an agnostic.  He said something that caught my attention:

"Plantinga himself emphasizes that he cannot prove his position; his goal is just to show that the existence of such evidence [for God's existence] is epistemically possible and that, if (Christian) theism is true, then it is likely that many theists know that God exists because of such evidence . . . The skeptical souls have little choice but to do their best objectively to assess the available evidence. . . Notice also that for them, indeed for anyone who doubts that God exists, it doesn't help to be told by Plantinga that, if God does exist, then some or even most theists probably know he does!"

Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology, 348-9

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Communication and Reason

I just saw a presentation by James Caesar, professor of political science at University of Virginia, Michael Moreland, dean of law at Villanova, and Christopher Tollefsen, professor of philosophy at University of South Carolina. It was about free speech. Some of what they said is that speech is teleological, aiming at the logos. Speech has as its goal communication of the truth. If truth is not a common goal then communication is not possible and speech loses its purpose. As such speech and communication assume reason and rationality. We are no longer able to communicate with one another when we undermine the basis for communication. A community of inquiry presupposes both the common goal of truth and the necessary preconditions for truth. It is on the basis of affirming these that we can then proceed together in the pursuit of truth.