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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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Collection Overview

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 3: Writings --- 1963-2008, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Plantinga on the Free Will Defense" (Clement Dore) --- 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 2-3: "Aquinas and Calvin on Faith and Knowledge" --- 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Reason and Scripture Scholarship" --- 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Comments on Plantinga" (R. Feldman) and Reply by A.C.P. --- 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "A Modest Professor" (Interview of A.C.P.) --- 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "The Necessity of Proper Function" --- 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 8-9: "Reid, Hume, and God" --- 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Papers Given at Plantinga Symposium --- Jun 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "Darwin, Mind, and Meaning" --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "On Christian Scholarship" --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "On Being Honest to God" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: "Do We Have a Right to Fight for Opec Oil?" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: "On Actuality" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: "The Paradox of the Heap" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: "Do our Concepts Apply to God?" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: "Precis of Christian Philosophy at End of 20th Century" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: "Plantinga's Account of Epistemic Warrant" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: "What's the Question?" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: "Bonjourian Coherentism" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: "Naturalism Defeated" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: "Warrant and Designing Agents: A Reply to James Taylor" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: "Reply to Sosa and Goldman" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: "Perceiving God" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Presuppositions of Our Time" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "Actuality, Truth, and Trust-in" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: "Methodological Naturalism?" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: "On Being Evidentially Challenged" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: "Epistemic Probability, and Evil" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "An Evolutionary Argument against Naturalism" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: "Divine Knowledge" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "On Mereological Essentialism," (R.M. Chisholm), A.C.P. Response --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: "Existence, Self-Interest, and the Problem of Evil," (R.M.), Reply by A.C.P --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: "Reflections on a Methodology for Christian Philosophers," (J. Keller), and Replies --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: "Falsification and the Existence of God: A Discussion of Plantinga's Freewill Defense," (G. Rotterwill) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: "Plantinga's Freewill Defense," (W. Hasker) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: "Plantinga and Leibniz's Lapse," (R. Burch) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: "Plantinga on Probability and Evil," (R. Swinburne) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: "God, Plantinga and a Better World" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: "Alvin Plantinga and the Great Pumpkin" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: "Plantinga's Modal Freewill Defense" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: "Can, There is a God be a Basic Belief?" (M. Stewart) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: "Afterword" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: "Plantinga on Functions and the Theory of Evolution" (M. Levin) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: "Transworld Identity-The Unstated Premise of Plantinga's Reformulation of Ontological Argument," (P.M. O'Neil) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: "Christian Theism: Ultimate Reality and Meaning in the Philosophy of Alvin Plantinga," (D, Giutebga) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: "Taking Plantinga Seriously: More Advise to Christian Philosophers," (M. Westphall) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: "Reid, Hume, and God" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: "The Evidentialist Objection to Theistic Belief" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Christianity Today article: "Analytic Philosophy and Christianity" --- 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Reformed Journal article: "Radical Theology" --- 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Reformed Journal article: "Why Climb Mountains?" --- 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Article: "Plantinga's Theology of Proper Names," (D.F. Austin- Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic) --- 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Article: "The Boethian Compromise" and Reply by Diana Akerman --- 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Article: "The Probabilistic Argument from Evil" --- 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Pro Rege Article: "Modernizing the Case for God," (N. Van Til- response by A.C.P.) --- 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Reformed Journal Article: "Sheehan's Shenanigans" --- 1987Add 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],
[Series 6: Research Material, 1972-1981, undated],
[All]


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