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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 4: ArticlesAdd to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Two Concepts of Modality: Modal Realism and Modal Reductionism" --- 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "Justification and Theism," (Faith and Philosophy) --- 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "Positive Epistemic Status and Proper Function" --- 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "The Prospects for Natural Theology" --- 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Truth, Omniscience, and Cantorian Arguments: An Exchange," (By Plantinga and Grim) --- 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Dennett's Dangerous Idea," (Books and Culture) --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "Twenty Years Worth of SCP," (Faith and Philosophy) --- 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 16: "On Proper Basicality" --- 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "What is Intervention?," (Theology and Science) --- 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 18: "Divine Knowledge" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: "Rejecting the Theory of Common Ancestry" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: "Truth, Omniscience, and Cantorian Arguments," (Plantinga and Grim) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Natural Theology: "The Esistemology of Religious Belief" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: "Reason and Belief in God" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: "Christian, Scholars, and Christian Scholars" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: "Justification in the 20th Century" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Notes and Outlines for Oxford Lectures --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Outlines for Glasgow Lectures --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Lecture: "The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology" --- 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Address: "How to be an Anti-Realist" --- 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Final Draft for "Coherentism and the Evidentialist Objection to Belief in God" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Syllabus for Gifford Lectures --- 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Stob Lectures: "Reformed Thinking: Christian Scholarship" and "Christian Thinking: The Twin Pillars" --- 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 3: A.C.P. Comments on Malcom's Paper-Oxford Philosophical Society --- Jan 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Draft of "God and Laws of Logic"Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Notes and Drafts of Papers on Natural Theology --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Review of "Faith and Rationality: Reason and Belief in God," (M.P. Levine) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Review of "Language, Persons, and Belief," (Commonweal Magazine) --- 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Review of "Plantinga: A Profile" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Review of "Science and Religion: Why Does the Debate Continued?" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Critique of Alvin GoldmanAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Review of "Warrant and Proper Function" --- 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Review of "God, Freedom, and Evil," (Reviewed by G. Allen) --- 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Review of "Faith and Rationality," (Reviewed by J.E. Tomberlin) --- 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Review of "The First Coming: How the Kingdom of God Became Christianity," (T. Sheean) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Book Reviews of "God and Other Minds" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Review of "How the Kingdom of God Became Christianity," (Review by A.C.P.) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: A Critical Survey of Plantinga's "Warranted Christian Belief" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Critique of the Nature of Necessity and Related Material, (R.L. Purtill) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Critique on Plantinga's View on the Rationality of Belief in God," (A. Kenny) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Critique on Draper --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Talk on Aquinas --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Chapel Talks --- ndAdd to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Summer Institute for College Teachers in Philosophy of Religion, Calvin College --- 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 2: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar --- 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Summer Seminar in Philosophy and Religion, Calvin College --- 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Notes of Notre Dame Seminar on the Philosophy of Religion --- 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 5: American Philosophical Association Officer Nominations --- 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Workshop on Christianity and Philosophy, Westmount College --- 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Summer Institute in Philosophy of Religion, W. Washington University --- 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 8: 25th Philosophical Reunion, Pamplona, Spain --- 1987Add to your cart.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Dialogue with William CarterAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Reply to Sessions and Vanhook --- 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Reply to Levine, Steuer, and Robbins --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Reply to Gary Gutting --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Response to William Vallicella --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Comments on Clouser's Claims --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Application for Sabbatical Leave --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Council for Philosophical Studies Material --- 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 9: E. Harris Harbison Award for Distinguished Teaching --- 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Material Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship --- 1975-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Philosophy 331 Course, Wolterstorff on Kant --- 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Thesis: "A Study of Plantinga's View about Validity of Religious Belief". (M.A. Mobini) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Tribute to "KK" (Ken Konyndyk) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Material re: Rock ClimbingAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Interview of A.P. --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Interview with Professor A. Plantinga, (Krisis-University of Timiboara) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Interview with Professor A.C. Plantinga, (A. Varghese) --- 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 18: "Parting Reflections," (On Leaving Calvin College for Notre Dame) --- ndAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[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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