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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Comments which blatantly do not contribute to the discussion may be removed, particularly if they consist of personal attacks. The problem for materialism, and the main point of this argument, is consciousness itself.


The materialist would argue that these beliefs are events. Reminds me of Socrates’ question, how can existence be both One and Many at the same time? Michael Anthony Istvan – – Methodus 6: Newer Post Older Post Home.

I’m fairly used to analytic philosophy to the point where what seems easy to me might not seem so easy to the layperson the sort of phenomena I have in mind is called “The Expert Blind Spot” see this brief university web page on the topic. Argue your Position Opinions are not valuable here, arguments are! Why should I think that the inversion of your brain does not constitute an essential change in you?

I give two arguments against materialism. How can a material object have beliefs, desires, experiences of pain et cetera? The complex system has a state space, an abstract structure that captures all of the degrees of freedom aka dimensions that it is capable of exploring.


To use your abacus analogy, the abacus may not be “about” numbers a priori, but it is able to store numbers as data. If a process lacking semantics can recover some semantic properties, then there’s good reason to think that such a process could eventually capture all semantic properties.

The argument, in essence, is this: The kind that reduces to monism, and the kind that is so materualism as to be self-defeating. On the other hand, if he posits some or all of his molecules to be replaced, yet their state is identical to the previous versions, then there just is no “assimilation” occurring and so the assimilation time is necessarily zero.

Alvin Plantinga – Against Materialism

We have an understanding of numbers. I didn’t realize that “X changing when all of its Ys are replaced” was a necessary condition for X being composed of Ys. It seems to me that both are valid and sound.

Alvin Plantinga has a new, aptly titled essay in Faith and Philosophy I realized platinga the Replacement Argument isn’t even arguing for the immateriality of people, but rather arguing against the bodily criterion for personal identity and yes, you can be materizlism strict physicalist and still not believe in the bodily criterion for personal identity.

Richard Boyd – – In Ned Block ed. Surely whatever is performing the transition must be capturing and recording all that information and then restoring it. Planginga modes of a substance whose attribute is thought can’t be explained in terms of another substance whose attribute is extension. As they do so, they cause changes in their environment. See also our discussion of philosophy and mental health issues here.


Our brains are just neurons firing away that have no content of what the beliefs are.

It expresses some state of affairs. He does not argue that we can exist disembodied but rather he does argue that we could exist in a different body. The fact that this isn’t the case means existence is necessarily? Given materialism, it would only be a matter of luck e. Plantinga concludes that consciousness is only mysterious when we think of it in materialist terms. You do say this: Peter van Inwagen sees this as a difficulty for materialism.

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Find it on Scholar. Thus evolution selects for reliable faculties. Good response, there are so many seeming paradoxes that simply resolve themselves It’s annihilation and novel creation.

I a,vin most likely identical to my brain or some part of my body. The two general views on how to confront this problem are materialism and dualism.

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Check out “Why I am Not a Dualist” on her recent papers page. On Formulating Materialism and Dualism. I can imagine a world in which it is true. Does anyone have a good response to that?