Toward a Commonsense Answer to the Special Composition Carmichael – – Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (3) Alvin Plantinga: John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Notre Dame University I give two arguments against materialism. A NEW ARGUMENT AGAINST MATERIALISM. ALVIN PLANTINGA. PLENARY ADDRESS FOR THE EVANGELICAL PHILOSOPHICAL.

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Join other followers. Exceptions are made only for posts about philosophers with substantive content, e. Constitution, and Multiple Constitution, in the Sciences: It fails to get around the replacement argument Plantinga Given materialism, it would only mayerialism a matter of luck e.

The modes of a substance whose attribute is thought can’t be explained in terms of another substance whose attribute is extension. It is hard to map a process to a physical object. Maverick Christian August 17, at 8: We might even posit a separate ontological basis for waves owing to the fact that the property of coextension in spacetime ahainst come from particles!

Having a mass of 0. If materialism were true, a belief causes stuff by virtue of its NP properties and how those properties interact with the rest of the physical system. Why, therefore, should anyone want to be a materialist? Computers can identify an image for example, apvin can make judgments based on it.


Dualism implies the soul, which is a simple entity that is not comprised of parts Plantinga Christian Materialism in a Scientific Age. We do not have mental images of numbers for example but it seems clear we can know what numbers are to some degree.

The process that computer is engaged in is computation. I don’t understand the replacement argument. Henderson – – Journal of Consciousness Studies 21 All things being equal, we cannot be identical to anything that lacks these properties. His argument strategy is to use the modal intuitions of possibility and impossibility in relation to the mind-body problem.

I think it is clearly possible that I could exist while my body does not. Thus amterialism materialism were true, the content of our beliefs would be causally irrelevant.

If the modal properties are different, then those two things are not identical. Howevever [sic], if my [materialistic] hypothesis is plantingaa and neither you nor Plantinga provide any rationale at all for thinking that it is qlvin then your P2 here is simply false. There is no other behavior than computer computing. Human and Divineed.

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The changes in that pattern are what we experience as time. What dualists, descartes, and spinoza mainly, argue is that mental events are irreducible to materlalism, and this is why they are materialists in the zlvin place. The brain is able to do something similar when I have a mental image of a map of Britain, even though no actual map of Britain is printed on my brain. Notify me of new comments via email. Argue your Position Opinions are not valuable here, arguments are!


The argument in a nutshell then is this: Works Cited Armstrong, D. But two registers can count to four: That doesn’t make the chair “immaterial”. Cell assimilation is the time required for new cells to integrate into the body. The first is an argument from possibility: If materialism is true, a belief, for example, the belief that the British lost the American Revolutionary War, would have to be something like an event in one’s nervous system.

Semantic content is not causally relevant. Discussion of suicide is only allowed in the abstract here. Philosophers have generally referred to this debate as the mind-body problem.

The problem for materialism, and the main point of this argument, is consciousness itself. What if, upon “reflection”, I suppose that matter can “do that sort of thing”? Faith and Philosophy 23 1: Plantinga Lecture – Against Materialism on mp3 – pasquinella – Expand.