Continuing the trend this week, I’m looking forward to reading Alvin Plantinga’s Where the Conflict Really Lies. Although I haven’t too much of Plantinga’s work, I’m probably at least indirectly influenced by him. My philosophy professor at Dallas, who also was my thesis adviser, did his Ph.D work at Notre Dame, and so was not just a big fan of Plantinga, but knew him fairly well. Needless to say, he come up in class fairly often.
Because of my overall research focus this month (science/metaphysics), this is a great way to cap the month off. Plantinga is a brilliant philosopher, so I’m interested to read his though more in depth on the the interface of science, religion (or theism), and naturalism.
I can see from the opening pages, Plantinga jumps right in to an interaction with Richard Dawkins. Elsewhere, I read Plantinga remark that he’d like to say Dawkins’ work was sophomoric when it came to philosophy, but that would be an insult to sophomores.
Hopefully, scientists won’t say similar things about Plantinga’s book!
If you’re interested in this, but don’t want to shell out the $$ for it, you might want to check out this video:
It is lengthy, but takes less time than it would to read the book yourself.
Also, if you’re keeping score, this is three videos three days in a row. Not sure I can keep the streak up, but we’ll see!