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Clash of the Titans: Plantinga & Dennett in Chicago

February 28, 2009


Apparently Alvin Plantinga and Daniel Dennett debated a week ago at a meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association. An anonymous individual live-blogged it somewhat hyperbolically  (“The tension between the titans fills the room”) but the account is worth a read, even if it is clear that the blogger is biased towards Plantinga. Apparently Plantinga attempted to defend Behe and Dennett slapped him around for that.

Short anonymous blogger: Dennett was snarky, nasty and didn’t take Plantinga seriously.

That’s the sort of thing that would get PZ’s blood boiling!

There – apparently – will be audio posted at some stage.

  1. RBH
    February 28, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    The audio is linked in a comment on that thread now. It’s an MP3 here.

  2. DLC
    March 1, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I guess I don’t see the point in debating cdesign proponentsists creationists. It seems like a big waste of time.

  3. Argon
    March 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Dennett is a ‘titan’ of philosophy? News to me.

  4. Michael Fugate
    March 2, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Interesting conversation on the debate at blog.talkingphilosophy

  5. rimpal
    March 6, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Plantinga is a “philosopher”? That’s news to me! Just another one of those “western philosophers” who have claimed ‘philosophy’ for theology.

  6. John Lynch
    March 6, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    @ Rimpal
    That’s a bit of a stupid comment. Plantinga – whether you agree with his religious beliefs or not – *is* a well respected philosopher. Your comment merely illustrates you know nothing about “western” philosophy (whatever you mean by that).

  7. Wayne Alder
    March 8, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I listened to the debate. It seemed that Dennett’s response and most of the Q and A strayed from (what I took to be) the key issues. For instance, do we have a defeater for all of our beliefs given Naturalism and Evolution?(as Plantinga argues). Dennett mentions a function of the human brain that destroys faulty cognitive faculties (ones that produce false beliefs) but does such a function of the brain plausibly arise from naturalistic evolution? A full human brain has a hard enough time ascertaining truth, is there really a function of the brain that knows truth so well that it destroys faulty cognitive faculties? Perhaps. However, the existence of such a function seems much more likely on Theism than on Naturalism.

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