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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 6: Research Material --- 1972-1981, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 27Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Rationality and Religious Belief" --- 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "The Sense of the Heart," (W. Edwards) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Frisian ThoughtAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "Logic, Meaning, and Conceptual Role," Journal of Philosophy --- 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The Concept of EvilAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: "Could God Have Created us in an Idyllic World?," (R.M. Adams) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: "The Probabilistic Problem of Evil," (R. Otte) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: "The Intrinsic Value in Disjunctive States of Affairs" (R.M. Chisholm) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: "Introductory Notes on the Theory of Truth," (Tyler Burge) --- 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Carnapis Inductive Logic," (W.C. Salmon) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: "A Good God," (Ulf Gorman) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Box 28Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Comments on Alston's "Religious Experience and Religious Belief"," (P. Vaninwagen) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "The Meaning of a Proper Name," (J. L. Pollock) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: "The Resurrection Hope," (H.S. Strandness) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: "The Problem of Other Minds," (S. Shoemaker) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: "Possible Worlds" and "Propositional Modalities," (J.L. Pollock) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "A Problem about the Dynamics of Belief" (J. Perry) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: "Explaining the Paradoxes: The Cantorian Way Out," (C. Menzel) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "Paradoxes, Large Sets, and Proper Classes," (C. Menzel) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: "Could God have Created a Perfect World?," (P. Mellema) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: "A New Actualist Model Semantics," and "A problem for Actualism on Possible Worlds," (A. McMichael) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: "Reflections on Christian Philosophy," (R. McInerny) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Chapters of Book on the Divine, (R.M. Adams) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Article: "Leibnz on Possible Worlds" (B. Mates), Paper: "Individuals and Modality in the Philosophy of Leibnz" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: "Bar-on Spinoza's Ontological Proof," (R.B. Marcus) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: "A Proposed Solution to a Puzzle about Belief," (Marcus on Kripke) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: "Space, Yes; Time, No," (Frederick Manfred) --- 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "The Virtue of Faith" and "Involuntary Sins," (R.M. Adams) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: "Possible Worlds" and "Plantinga on Possible Worlds," (J.L. Pollock), reply by A.C.P. --- ndAdd to your cart.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Ratzsch on Kuyper" --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "Fates and Faces of Epistemology," (E. Sosa) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: "A Puzzle about Belief," (S.A. Kripke) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: "Proper Names and Direct Reference on Proper Names in Belief and Ascriptions," (T. McKay) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: "Divine Simplicity," (W.E. Mann) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "Simplicity and Immutability," (W.E. Mann) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: "Identity and Survival and Related Material" (D. Lewis) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "Exposition of the Gospel of John," (St. Thomas Aquinas) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: "Sketch of a Theory of Language" "Thinking about an Object," (J.L. Pollock) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: "The Propositional Theory of Language" "Lotteries, Horseraces, Probability and Projection," (J.L. Pollock) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: "Putnam's Paradox," (D. Lewis) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Articles on Evolution --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: "Works and Worlds of Art," (Wolterstorff) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: "Decisional Learning," (N. Wolterstorff) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Wolterstorff's Writings on Ontology --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: "Meaning and Being in Art," (N. Wolterstorff) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Box 30Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Propositional Attitudes, (Diana Akerman) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Diana Ackerman --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: H. Pietersma --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: B.C. Van Fraassen --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Richard Foley --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: T.P. Flint --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: "Accidental Necessity," (A.J. Freddoso) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "Snapshot Ockhamism," (J. Fischer) --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: R.J. Feenstra --- 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 10: R.M. Adams --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: W.P. Alston --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: David Kaplan --- ndAdd to your cart.
Box 31Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Kit Fine --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Thomas Jager --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: R.W. Gale --- ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: David Kaplan --- 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],
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