Analysis Of The Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism

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Within chapter ten of Where the Conflict Really Lies, Alvin Plantinga creates and shapes the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism, which begins with a premise titled “Darwin’s Doubt.” This premise argues that true belief, given the existence of evolution by way of naturalism, is extremely low, if not entirely impossible. Plantinga strengthens this argument by discussing material naturalism (specifically reductive and nonreductive materialism). However, over the course of his argument, he ignores the logical possibility of immaterial naturalism, a theory that I argue changes (and possibly destroys) the validity of the EAN. Thus, within this paper, I will argue that Plantinga’s EAN is incomplete, as he does not adequately respond to the logical possibility of immaterial naturalism within the argument’s first premise, titled “Darwin’s Doubt.” …show more content…
To begin, Plantinga describes nonreductive materialism as “content properties (that) are not reducible to NP properties, but are determined by (supervene on) NP properties.” In simpler terms, this roughly translates to the idea that beliefs that are not solely neuro-physiological properties without content, but instead are created due and by these NP structures (such as brain neurons and the connections between these

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