Epistemologian's Progress

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  1. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    This bibliography was in the back of Moreland and Craig's (never sufficiently praised) Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview. It introduces the reader to all of the major issues in philosophy and the best texts to read on each locus.

    Chapter 4: The Problem of Skepticism
    Slote, Michael. Reason and Scepticism (1970).

    Chapter 5: The Structure of Justification
    Audi, Robert. Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction (1998).
    Hume, David. An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding.
    Locke, John. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.

    Chapter 6: Theories of truth and postmodernism

    Willard, Dallas. “How Concepts Relate the Mind to its Objects: The God’s Eye View Vindicated?” Philosophia Christi, 2nd ser., vol 1, no.2 (1999): 5-20.

    Chapter 7: Religious Epistemology
    Alston, William. Perceiving God (1991).
    Plantinga, Alvin. “The Foundations of Theism: A Reply.” Faith and Philosophy 3 (1986): 298-313.
    ------------------. Warrant: The Current Debate.
    ------------------. Warrant and Proper Function
    ------------------. Warranted Christian Belief

    Plantinga, Alvin, and Nicholas Wolterstorff. Faith and rationality

    Chapter 8: What is Metaphysics?
    Chisholm, Roderick. On Metaphysics (1989).
    Plantinga, Alvin. The Nature of Necessity (1974).
    van Inwagen, Peter. Metaphysics (1993).
    Hasker, William. Metaphysics.

    Chapter 9: General Ontology: Existence, Identity and Reductionism

    Craig, William Lane, and J. P. Moreland, eds. Naturalism: A Critical Analysis (2000).
    Suarez, Francis. On the various kinds of distinctions.

    Chapters 11 and 12: The Mind-Body Problem

    Kim, Jaegwon. Mind in a Physical World (1998).
    Moreland, J. P. and Scott Rae. Body and Soul: Human Nature and the crisis in ethics.
    Lowe, E.J. Philosophy of Mind (Cambridge)
    Swinburne, Richard. Evolution of the Soul.

    Chapter 13: Free Will and Determinism

    Fischer, John. The Metaphysics of Free Will. (1994).
    Kane, Robert. A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will (2005).
    Rowe, William. Thomas Reid on Freedom and Morality (1991).

    Chapter 14: Personal Identity and Life After Death

    Hick, John. Death and Eternal Life(1976).

    Chapter 15: Scientific Methodology

    Moreland, J. P. Christianity and the Nature of Science (1989).

    Chapter 16: The Realism-Antirealism Debate
    Chapter 17: Philosophy and the Integration of Science
    Chapter 18: Philosophy of Time and Space

    Craig, William Lane. God, Time, and Eternity: The Coherence of Theism II.
    -----------------------. Time and Eternity: Exploring God’s Relationship to Time.
    Einstein, Albert. Relativity: General and Special Theories.

    Chapters 19-22: Issues in Ethics
    Geisler, Norman. Christian Ethics: Issues and Options.
    Pojman, Louis. Ethics: Discovering Right from Wrong.
    Holmes, Arthur. Ethics

    Chapters 23-24: The Existence of God
    Barrow, John. The Anthropic Cosmological Principle.
    Beck, David. “The Cosmological Argument: A Current Bibliographical Appraisal.”
    Craig, William Lane. The Kalaam Cosmological Argument.
    Craig, WIlliam Lane and Quentin Smith. Theism, Atheism, and Big-Bang Cosmology.
    Denton, Michael. Evolution: A Theory in Crisis.
    Ganssle, Gregory. “Necessary Moral Truths and the Need for an Explanation.”
    Hackett, Stuart. Resurrection of theism.
    Hume, David. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.
    Martin, Michael. Atheism: A Philosophical Justification.
    Plantinga, Alvin. The Nature of Necessity.
    -----------------. The Ontological Argument.
    Rowe, William. “Circular Explanations, Cosmological Arguments and Sufficient Reason.”
    Vallicella, William. “On an Insufficient Argument Against Sufficient Reason.”

    Chapters 25-26: The Coherence of Theism.
    Adams, Robert. “Divine Necessity”
    Craig, William Lane. God, Time, and Eternity: The Coherence of Theism II.
    Creel, Richard. Divine Impassibility.
    Hasker, William. The Emergent Self.
    Helm, Paul. Divine Commands and Morality.
    Leftow, Brian. “God and Abstract Entities.”
    Molina, Luis de. On Divine Foreknowledge
    Nielsen, Kai. Ethics without God.
    Plantinga, Alvin. Does God Have a Nature? (read)
    --------------. “How to be an Anti-Realist.”
    ---------------. The Nature of Necessity.
    Swinburne, Richard. The Coherence of Theism.
    Wolterstorff, Nicholas. “Divine Simplicity.”

    Chapter 27: The Problem of Evil
    Hick, John. Evil and the God of Love
    Plantinga, Alvin. God, Freedom, and Evil.
    -----------------. The Nature of Necessity.
    Rowe, William. “The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism.”

    Chapter 28: Creation, Providence, and Miracle
    Craig, William Lane. “Creation and Conservation Once More.”
    Freddoso, Alfred. “The Necessity of Nature.”
    Helm, Paul. The Providence of God.
    Hume, David. “Of Miracles.”
    Morris, Thomas. Divine and Human Action.
    Suarez, Francisco. On Creation, Conservation, and Concurrence.
    Chapter 29: Christian Doctrines (I): The Trinity
    (see other sources)

    Chapter 30: Christian Doctrines (II): The Incarnation
    Bayne, Tim. “The Inclusion Model of the Incarnation: Problems and Prospects.”
    Freddoso, Alfred. “Human Nature, Potency and the Incarnation.”
    Morris, Thomas. The Logic of God Incarnate.
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  2. jwright82

    jwright82 Puritan Board Graduate

    Was there any interactions with continental philosophy in this book? Which is, as you know, it's own tradition.
  3. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    Not directly. Willard's article on how concepts relate to the mind surveys both Continental and Analytic approaches to consciousness.

    Before Russell and the Logical Positivists, there really wasn't this gap. Everyone in the late 1800s/early 1900s was discussing Brentano's take on knowledge. So you have analytics like Chisholm and Continentals like Husserl and Heidegger interacting with him.

    Early analytic philosophy was a joke and only Ayer realized it was a dead-end did it start dealing with relevant matters. Early Continental philosophy was quite profound. Now the roles are reversed.
  4. jwright82

    jwright82 Puritan Board Graduate

    Fair enough. I think both were profound.
  5. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    They just started dealing with different things. Guys like Russell were mathematicians. So despite his arrogance he was actually profound in math and logic. He was dealing with reality.

    Continental guys after Heidegger, especially as they came to America, focused more on power-structures, praxis, and the like.
  6. jwright82

    jwright82 Puritan Board Graduate

    My own opinion on Russell is he was the last of the Foundationalist and good riddance, very informative though. Heidegger was in his own way stuck with traditional metaphysics.
  7. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    Funny you link Heidegger as stuck with metaphysics. I made that observation myself. Even his Dasein existentielle more or less act like the Aristotelian predicates they are replacing.
  8. jwright82

    jwright82 Puritan Board Graduate

    Yep. He couldn't get away from it. You can only replace metaphysics not get rid of it.
  9. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    Another thing that's strange is that Gottlob Frege, often considered the father of analytic philosophy, worked in the midst of early Continental guys and didn't think he was starting a new movement.

    Modern day continentals are more likely to write about finding hetero-normative power structures that impose fascism on gay workers who are oppressed by capitalism.

    The last good continental guy was Husserl. Right now some aspects of analytic philosophy are more useful to Christians than continentals (which is focused more on post-Marxist praxis than anything else).

    This is the Continental Philosophy Essay Generator. Just keep clicking refresh.
  10. jwright82

    jwright82 Puritan Board Graduate

    I don't know I like continental guys philosophically there fun to hang out with.
  11. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    The last good Conty was Merleau-Ponty. Early Continental philosophy was fine simply because linguistic positivism was so awful. They sort of won by default. Now the roles are reversed. Continental philosophers today aren't dealing with knowledge and reality. You are more likely to find essays on how heternormative capitalist man is "Othering" transgenders in the literature depts. I actually think that was a real essay.

    Even Heidegger in all of his poetic ravings still dealt with Being. Nobody had a clue what he meant, but it was still fun to read.

    Zizek, despite being depraved, is fun only when he attacks neo-liberalism.
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