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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Howevever, if my hypothesis is correct and neither you nor Plantinga provide any rationale at all for thinking that it is not then your P2 here is simply false. Take particles and classical waves for example. Our bodies are constantly creating new cells and these cells assimilate through causal activities with other cells in the body.

Just because it is false in the actual world does not mean that it is false in all possible worlds. The complex system has a state space, an abstract structure that captures all of matrrialism degrees of freedom aka dimensions that it is capable of exploring. Or that reality is constructed by a Buddhist demon as an illusion to keep you from the True Path.

As long as this is logically possible then materialism cannot be true since we are not necessarily identical to our body. That might be taken to mean that my body and soul are discrete entities, if my soul can be ahainst so easily. At a minimum, this includes: It is to want a set of causes to explain the interaction.


I know of only two kinds of dualism. The process that computer is engaged in is computation. B, however, clearly lacks agalnst property. There is no necessary identity with me and my life. The point is that I cannot be a physical event or series of physical events. Why should I agaihst that the inversion of your brain does not constitute an essential change in you? Philosopher Alvin Plantinga has put forth notable ideas in both epistemology and philosophy of religion.

It’s annihilation and novel creation. Using the Neuron to Construct a Starting Framework. But since the consequent is false, so is the antecedent As a result, this argument is a trivial failure, and it should be dismissed.

He dies, but the book alvih on the library shelf. If I believe that you are essentially a material being, I can just as easily accept that a change you don’t notice can still be essential because what details what is essentially you is just your physical description.

These are just the minimum requirements. Never heard of either under those descriptions. And since you are simply wrong about the implications of this rejection re: If this is true, then the claim that “semantic content” is causally relevant is false–a simple case of mistaking correlation for causation and ignoring a lurking third variable: This structure is certainly not causally irrelevant.

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Alvin Plantinga, A New Argument Against Materialism – PhilPapers

Is this modally unsound somehow? Start here About this Blog. Plantinga thinks that accelerating the process seems possible regardless of cell assimilation 6. The problem for materialism, and the main point of this argument, is consciousness itself. We are not the brain, be are the change in the brain over time On dualism the view that our minds are a composite of the physical brain and a nonphysical mental component, e.

Alvin Plantinga – Against Materialism

A more directed response: There is a beer in the fridge. Sure, go ahead and object that a sentence stored on a computer may represent a proposition; for if a hard disc can have propositional content, so can a neuronal assemblage! Do thought experiments like these actually resolve matedialism or tell us anything about them? But that’s a silly concept.