Now here’s one heckuva fierce book review! Alvin Plantinga, metaphysician and epistemologist working at Notre Dame, on Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion.
Ah, how I love the honest, blunt approach of analytic philosophers when those who aren’t philosophers try to argue philosophically without good inferences.
Now despite the fact that this book is mainly philosophy, Dawkins is not a philosopher (he’s a biologist). Even taking this into account, however, much of the philosophy he purveys is at best jejune. You might say that some of his forays into philosophy are at best sophomoric, but that would be unfair to sophomores; the fact is (grade inflation aside), many of his arguments would receive a failing grade in a sophomore philosophy class. This, combined with the arrogant, smarter-than-thou tone of the book, can be annoying. I shall put irritation aside, however and do my best to take Dawkins’ main argument seriously.
Yeah, don’t get Plantinga started! The whole review is found here. I do recommend it.
And stay tuned–I feel a longish post about the phenomenon of pop-philosophy and anti-theology arguments it spawns gurgling up from me depths, I do.