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Alvin Plantinga wins Templeton Prize

Sebastian

21 day(s) ago

Was anyone at the ceremony at the Field Museum where Templeton awarded Alvin Plantinga $1,000,000 for philosophy of religion? I'd like to see a write-up of the event.

Celsus

21 day(s) ago

I saw a live-blog style thing on Facebook but can't remember where. Maybe do a search?

Leonard

21 day(s) ago

The entire ceremony is on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOjJ0E_LPcA

Gillian

20 day(s) ago

The entire ceremony is on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOjJ0E_LPcA

Leonard

Thanks for the link. I didn't know about this.

Guo

20 day(s) ago

Leiter will be fuming that a religious person and mediocrity is awarded such a prize while, a leading figure in the philosophy of law and Nietzsche scholarship like him goes unnoticed. But then, Templeton foundation is just an evil organisation.

Abhinavagupta

20 day(s) ago

Leiter will be fuming that a religious person and mediocrity is awarded such a prize while, a leading figure in the philosophy of law and Nietzsche scholarship like him goes unnoticed. But then, Templeton foundation is just an evil organisation.

Guo

Sad trombone for the God Squad here: http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2017/04/2017-templeton-prize-for-intellectuals-friendly-to-religion-goes-to-alvin-plantinga.html

Alastair

20 day(s) ago

"Leiter will be fuming that a religious person and mediocrity is awarded such a prize"

Why's that? I think he thinks the prize is pretty meaningless, so I doubt very much that he cares about whether it goes to Plantinga at some point.

Motoori

19 day(s) ago

Pope wins Catholic prize.

Pierre-Simon

19 day(s) ago

Plantinga is the ultimate in 'me studies' - it just so happens that a general theory of epistemology means that his Reformed lower Dutch mid-Calvinist (or whatever) beliefs about little devils eating your soul are epistemologically fine. I couldn't care less about Leiter - I'm just amazed that so many of the people attaching philosophy of pregnancy, say, are completely cool with this guy being lauded. It's a sad fact that much contemporary epistemology in US universities - debates over evidentialism, say, or on peer disagreement - are really half-hidden attempts to protect Christian belief. Meanwhile, philosophers of science just ignore this stuff, and employ half-arsed Bayesianism, such that there's hardly any real epistemology of the main knowledge-seeking project we have.

Pierre-Simon

19 day(s) ago

Plantinga is the ultimate in 'me studies' - it just so happens that a general theory of epistemology means that his Reformed lower Dutch mid-Calvinist (or whatever) beliefs about little devils eating your soul are epistemologically fine. I couldn't care less about Leiter - I'm just amazed that so many of the people attaching philosophy of pregnancy, say, are completely cool with this guy being lauded. It's a sad fact that much contemporary epistemology in US universities - debates over evidentialism, say, or on peer disagreement - are really half-hidden attempts to protect Christian belief. Meanwhile, philosophers of science just ignore this stuff, and employ half-arsed Bayesianism, such that there's hardly any real epistemology of the main knowledge-seeking project we have.

Matthew

19 day(s) ago

I really can't stand the me-studies crew, and it seems to me that it includes a great many of us. The real problem is that people who study themselves come up with just the most boring, uninteresting, indulgent interpretations, theories, arguments, positions, and so on. It makes a field stagnant and a chore to master.

Religious people who specialize in philosophy of religion: boring, indulgent, me-studies

Women who specialize in feminism: boring, indulgent, me-studies

People of color who specialize in philosophy of race: boring, indulgent, me-studies

Western people who specialize in the history of Western philosophy: boring, indulgent, me-studies

Chinese people who specialize in the history of Chinese philosophy: boring, , indulgent, me-studies

Clarembald

19 day(s) ago

>I want to study a great philosopher

>I want to study a proud womyn of colour

Something about these motivations is different. I wonder what it could be?

Penelope

19 day(s) ago

>I want to study a great philosopher

>I want to study a proud womyn of colour

Something about these motivations is different. I wonder what it could be?

Clarembald

Must be something to do with the suprelatives, since, as Stanley taught us, "philosopher" and "womyn of colour" are coextensive. Feminist philosophy is first philosophy, after all.

Karen

12 day(s) ago

The Prosblogion has a write-up: http://prosblogion.ektopos.com/2017/10/10/a-muslim-a-jew-and-a-christian-walk-onto-a-stage-report-on-the-templeton-prize-ceremony-for-alvin-plantinga/

Jamal

11 day(s) ago

The Prosblogion has a write-up: http://prosblogion.ektopos.com/2017/10/10/a-muslim-a-jew-and-a-christian-walk-onto-a-stage-report-on-the-templeton-prize-ceremony-for-alvin-plantinga/

Karen

Serious question because I don't know the answer - does Plantinga think that two of the three mentioned in the title are on a trajectory to hell?

Nahmanides

11 day(s) ago

I've been told by people who know Plantinga personally that he's a universalist. Now, the most common forms of Christian universalism don't hold that people go straight to heaven -- first they have to go through some process by which they are able to be saved. What this process is, and who has to go through it, depends on your views on salvation -- maybe everyone goes to hell/purgatory for a period of soul-making, or maybe non-Christians go before God and are (repeatedly?) given the opportunity to confess Jesus as Lord. I don't know what Plantinga's view of all this is.

So, in answer to your question, I don't know whether Plantinga thinks they're going to hell, but he at any rate does think they'll get to heaven eventually.

Mulla

11 day(s) ago

There was another write-up here. Unlike the Prosblogion puff piece, this one hits pretty hard on the Goldman Sachs connection. Brian Griffiths is apparently vice chairman of Goldman.

Margaret

11 day(s) ago

Must be something to do with the suprelatives, since, as Stanley taught us, "philosopher" and "womyn of colour" are coextensive. Feminist philosophy is first philosophy, after all.

Kill him.

Alasdair

11 day(s) ago

The Prosblogion has a write-up: http://prosblogion.ektopos.com/2017/10/10/a-muslim-a-jew-and-a-christian-walk-onto-a-stage-report-on-the-templeton-prize-ceremony-for- alvin-plantinga/

Karen

Serious question because I don't know the answer - does Plantinga think that two of the three mentioned in the title are on a trajectory to hell?

Jamal

As I understand it, Plantinga leans towards universal salvation.

Petrarch

9 day(s) ago

Must be something to do with the suprelatives, since, as Stanley taught us, "philosopher" and "womyn of colour" are coextensive. Feminist philosophy is first philosophy, after all.

Kill him.

Margaret

Do it at the APA. That would send a message to the SJWs.

Emerich

8 day(s) ago

The Prosblogion has a write-up: http://prosblogion.ektopos.com/2017/10/10/a-muslim-a-jew-and-a-christian-walk-onto-a-stage-report-on-the- templeton-prize-ceremony-for-alvin-plantinga/

Karen

Serious question because I don't know the answer - does Plantinga think that two of the three mentioned in the title are on a trajectory to hell?

Jamal

As I understand it, Plantinga leans towards universal salvation.

Alasdair

Christ didn't believe that, but hey, pretty much everyone these days ignores the Bible, so why not the philosophical theologians too?

Agostino

7 day(s) ago

The Prosblogion has a write-up: http://prosblogion.ektopos.com/2017/10/10/a-muslim-a-jew-and-a-christian-walk-onto- a-stage-report-on-the-templeton-prize-ceremony-for-alvin-plantinga/

Karen

Serious question because I don't know the answer - does Plantinga think that two of the three mentioned in the title are on a trajectory to hell?

Jamal

As I understand it, Plantinga leans towards universal salvation.

Alasdair

Christ didn't believe that, but hey, pretty much everyone these days ignores the Bible, so why not the philosophical theologians too?

Emerich

Do you think that Alvin Plantinga and Brian Leiter will be in heaven together? What will they talk about? Will they smile?


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