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Alvin C. Plantinga Collection

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Alvin C. Plantinga Collection, 1950-2010 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

By Ed Gerritsen, February 2014

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Title: Alvin C. Plantinga Collection, 1950-2010Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/533

Primary Creator: Plantinga, Alvin C. (1932-)

Extent: 15.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Date Acquired: 00/00/2012

Abstract

The collections contains Alvin Plantinga's notes and papers (1950-1955) while a student, and correspondence (1956-2010) that spans his teaching and writing careers on such topics  as God, freedom, evil, creation and evolution. His writings (1961-2010) details his arguments relating to God whose existence does not present a logical inconsistency with the existence of evil, free will for humans, and that a creation with moral good necessitates the existence of moral evil. The collections also details his argument that if evolution is true, it undermines naturalism because if both evolution and naturalism are true, human cognitive faculties must evolve directed toward survival rather than truth, and these faculties would be unreliable in discerning truth. On the other hand, if God created man "in his image" by way of an evolutionary process (or any other means), then Plantinga argues our faculties would probably be reliable.

Biographical Note

At the end of 11th grade, Plantinga's father urged Plantinga to skip his last year of high school and enroll in college and in 1949, a few months before his 17th birthday, he enrolled in Jamestown College, in Jamestown, North Dakota. When his father joined the faculty at Calvin College in January 1950, the younger Plantinga enrolled in Calvin College. During his first semester at Calvin, Plantinga was awarded a scholarship to attend Harvard University, where her spent two semesters but returned to Calvin in 1951 to study philosophy with William Harry Jellema In 1954. Plantinga began his graduate studies at the University of Michigan with William Alston, William Frankena, and Richard Cartwright, and in 1955 transferred to Yale University where he received his PhD in 1958.

Plantinga taught philosophy at Yale, 1957-1958; Wayne State University, 1958-1963; Calvin College (replacing the retiring Jellema), 12063-1982; and the University of Notre Dame, 1982-2010. He has honorary degrees from Glasgow University (1982), North Park College (1994), the Free University of Amsterdam (1995), Brigham Young University (1996), and Valparaiso University (1999). He was a Guggenheim Fellow, 1971-1972, and elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1975. In 2006 the University of Notre Dame's Center for Philosophy of Religion renamed its Distinguished Scholar Fellowship as the Alvin Plantinga Fellowship. In 2012, the University of Pittsburgh's Philosophy Department, History and Philosophy of Science Department, and the Center for the History and Philosophy of Science awarded Plantinga the Rescher Prize.

Plantinga was born on 15 November 1932, in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Cornelius A. Plantinga (1908-1994) and Lettie G. Bossenbroek (1908-2007). Plantinga's father, an immigrant from Friesland, the Netherlands, earned Master's Degree in psychology and a PhD in philosophy from Duke University. Alvin Plantinga married Kathleen De Boer in 1955 and they have four children: Carl, Jane, Harry, and Ann. Both sons are professors at Calvin College, Carl in Film Studies and Harry in computer science; daughter, Jane Plantinga Pauw, is a pastor at Rainier Beach Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Seattle, Washington, and his daughter, Ann Kapteyn, is a missionary in Cameroon working for Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 30 Boxes

Acquisition Source: Alvin Plantinga, 2012, 2013

Other Note: Acc. No. 12.66, 13.15


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[Series 1: [General Materials]],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1950-2010],
[Series 3: Writings, 1963-2008, undated],
[Series 4: Articles],
[Series 5: Research Material],
[Series 6: Research Material, 1972-1981, undated],
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Series 1: [General Materials]Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Curriculum VitaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Paper: "Elements of Pre-Socratic Thought in "Phaedo" and the "Times" --- 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Paper: "Carlyle and the Problem of Faith" --- 1950'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Paper: "A.E. Taylor: Does God Exist?" --- 1950'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Class Notes on Ethics Courses --- 1950'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6-7: Papers Written for Class Assignments --- 1950-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Class Notes on Contemporary Psychology --- 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Class Notes on History of Psychology --- 1952-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Class Notes on Theory of Learning --- 1950-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Class Notes on 19th Century Prose --- 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Class Notes on Advanced General Psychology --- 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Paper: "Whitehead's Concept of Causality" --- 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Papers:Add to your cart.
Item 1: “The metaphysics of Spinoza”Add to your cart.
Item 2: “Taylor’s Theistic Arguments” --- 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Class notes for Ф of Religion Course at University of Michigan --- 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Paper: "Explanation of Ethics" --- 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Lecture Notes on Plato-Harvard College --- 1951Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: [General Materials]],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1950-2010],
[Series 3: Writings, 1963-2008, undated],
[Series 4: Articles],
[Series 5: Research Material],
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