Debunking Plantinga: We Can Evolve Ways To Discover Truth

In the video below, Paul Griffiths, a philosopher of science from the University of Sydney, explores how knowledge can evolve, against arguments from people like Plantinga who claim that natural selection would only select for useful beliefs but give no confidence that our beliefs attain to actual truth.

For much more detailed treatment specifically on the nature and structure of Plantinga’s arguments, check out Tyler Wunder’s discussion with Luke Muelhauser from a few years ago on The Pale Blue Dot. Wunder wrote his dissertation explicating and responding to Plantinga’s work.

Also “Plantinga Schmantinga” from Reasonable Doubts is good too.

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.