Where the conflict really lies : Plantinga's Reidian discourse
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Philosophia reformata. - Kampen
, p. 21-36
University of Antwerp
My aim in this paper is to show that crucial elements of Plantingas Where the Conflict Really Lies are influenced by the philosophy of Thomas Reid. Plantingas discussion of contemporary naturalist positions, as well as his discussion of the relation between science, religion and naturalism are original and important contributions. But central elements of his book are of a Reidian nature. Plantinga shares with Reid the overall objective of demonstrating the concordance between science and theism and the conflict between science and naturalism. Plantinga and Reid also share the same strategy on how to understand design and belief in an intelligent cause. Furthermore, they both espouse similar ways of defending the fact that our natural faculties are reliable, and they share similar views about the relation between psychology and morality (and psychology and religious belief).