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Love this theory of knowledge,
This review is from: Warrant and Proper Function (Paperback)
This book is the second in Plantinga's three part series on Warrant. This book outlines Plantinga's theory of warrant and how it fits into what we call "knowledge." It is a bold and brilliant theory of knowledge.
Plantinga begins by defining warrant as that which, in addition to true belief, is sufficient for one to have knowledge. Then he begins to investigate what kinds of properties this "warrant" should have. This is a very clever way of coming up with a good definition of warrant. Plantinga comes up with examples to illustrate that warrant must include one's cognitive faculties working properly in a proper environment, amongst other things. The examples are clear and innovative. After going through the important properties that warrant should have, Plantinga then discusses how this theory of knowledge relates to things like induction and a priori knowledge. Using this theory of warrant, he is able to package all our faculties into a coherent view.
This is the book in which Plantimna develops the so-called "Evolutionary Argument against Naturalism." With his theory of warrant fresh in mind, he builds up an argument about why there is little reason to hold to the reliability of out cognitive faculties given BOTH evolution and naturalism. Again, a very clever and original argument, but it should be noted that this argument against naturalism is NOT the main premise of this book. It is a "side note", a corollary to Plantinga's theory of knowledge. My reason for writing this is to say that even if one does not find that argument compelling, this should not stop them from reading the book because it is ultimately a book about knowledge and what constitutes knowledge. In this regard, Plantinga gives a stunningly convincing theory of knowledge. This sets up for his final book in the series "Warranted Christian Belief" which will give (I am told) Christian interpretations and applications of this theory of knowledge. Very exciting.