Philosophia Reformata 79 (2014) 2136 WHERE THE CONFLICT REALLY LIES: PLANTINGA'S REIDIAN DISCOURSE * My aim in this paper is to show that crucial elements of Plantinga's Where the Conflict Really Lies are influenced by the philosophy of Thomas Reid. Plantinga's discussion of contemporary naturalist positions, as well as his discussion of the relation between science, religion and naturalism are original and important contributions. But central elements of his book are of a Reidian nature. Plantinga shares with Reid the overall objective of demonstrating the concordance between science and theism and the conflict between science and naturalism. Plantinga and Reid also share the same strategy on how to understand design and belief in an intelligent cause. Furthermore, they both espouse similar ways of defending the fact that our natural faculties are reliable, and they share similar views about the relation between psychology and morality (and psychology and religious belief). 1. Introduction Among the historical philosophers whom Alvin Plantinga quotes or discusses in Where the Conflict Really Lies, such as Aquinas, Augustine, and Hume, one figure particularly stands out, namely the philosopher Plantinga often calls "The Great Scottish Philosopher, Thomas Reid". It is not surprising that Plantinga often calls
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Published: Nov 17, 2014
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