Archive for the ‘Symposium Weekly’ Category


Is Alvin Plantinga a Crypto-Evidentialist?

September 21, 2011

Does one need evidence to be justified in believing in God? Those who answer “yes” are typically called “evidentialists.” Famously, Alvin Plantinga argues for a resounding “NO” to this question. Dr. Dougherty, however, will argue that subtle themes in Plantinga’s writings suggest otherwise–that Plantinga is a “crypto-evidentialist,” or maybe even a not-so-cryptic one.


Philosophy Symposium 2010-2011

September 18, 2010

This past Wednesday marked the beginning of Fall 2010 Philosophy Symposium. With many changes and exciting events announced, the year should be a good one!

One new thing we will be doing is offering Symposium Superlatives—awarded to deserving participants for various achievements such as “Boldest Argument” or “Raised Most Devastating Objection.” Any ideas for other Superlative achievements? Let us know!

Also new is weekly-updated archives for each week’s presentation.

Stay tuned for other announcements regarding weekly events, details on the scheduled debate, and Calvin’s 3rd Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.


“Theistic Arguments as Grounded in Natural Signs”

October 24, 2008

C. Stephen Evans will be joining us for next week’s Symposium. Here’s an abstract of his paper:

“This paper argues that there are “natural signs” for God that make it possible to have knowledge of God’s reality.  The concept of a natural sign is taken from Thomas Reid’s theory of perception, though the theistic natural signs differ in some ways from Reidian natural signs.  Theistic natural signs are both widely available and easily resistible; humans have native, in-built dispositions to recognize them, but our ability to “read” and interpret them properly is greatly influenced by experience and other beliefs.  Natural signs lie at the core of many of the classical theistic arguments, and recognizing this helps us understand both why the arguments continue to have appeal even if they fail as conclusive proofs.  The claim of contemporary psychology that humans are “hard-wired” to believe in God or gods is discussed as evidence for this account of religious knowledge.”

Good deal!


Philosophy Graduate School Info

October 15, 2008

This Wednesday, for something completely different, Prof. Clark will present an assortment of info regarding philosophy graduate school programs. This is a great oportunity both for junior/seniors considering graduate studies, as well as freshman/sophomores wanting to know more about what the philosophy world really looks like. As usual, pizza and refreshments will be served. All are invited!

On the “Blogroll” column on the right you can find Brian Leiter’s “philosophical gourmet” which is a controversial but still influential assessment (and ranking) of graduate programs according to specific areas of interest. Find out what school seems the most interesting and come ask Prof. Clark for his opinion!

Click around, get a feel for this new venture and let us know how we could make this a better tool for our department!

Emmalon, Tim, Luis.