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Response to Wunder: objective probability, non-contingent theism, and the EAAN

  • PERRY HENDRICKS (a1)

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This article is a response to Tyler Wunder's ‘The modality of theism and probabilistic natural theology: a tension in Alvin Plantinga's philosophy’ (this journal). In his article, Wunder argues that if the proponent of the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism (EAAN) holds theism to be non-contingent and frames the argument in terms of objective probability, then the EAAN is either unsound or theism is necessarily false. I argue that a modest revision of the EAAN renders Wunder's objection irrelevant, and that this revision actually widens the scope of the argument.

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Beilby, James (ed.) (2002) Naturalism Defeated? Essays on Plantinga's Evolutionary Argument against Naturalism. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press).
Bosse, Richard (2017) ‘Wunder's probability objections’, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, <https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11153-017-9634-1>.
Plantinga, Alvin (1993) Warrant and Proper Function (New York: Oxford University Press).
Plantinga, Alvin (2011a) ‘Content and natural selection’, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 83, 435458.
Plantinga, Alvin (2011b) Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism (New York: Oxford University Press).
Plantinga, Alvin & Tooley, Michael (2008) Knowledge of God (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing).
Wunder, Tyler (2013) ‘Alvin Plantinga on Paul Draper's evolutionary atheology: implications of theism's noncontingency’, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 74, 6775.
Wunder, Tyler (2015) ‘The modality of theism and probabilistic natural theology: a tension in Alvin Plantinga's philosophy’, Religious Studies, 51, 391399.

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  • PERRY HENDRICKS (a1)

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