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Trent University's Department of Philosophy Announces the 2004 Ryle Lectures

Professor Alvin Plantinga delivers lectures September 27 - 30


Tuesday, September 21, 2004, Peterborough

Christian Belief and Science: Surface Conflict, Deep Discord; Naturalism and Science: Surface Concord, Deep Conflict

September 27, 8 pm - Evolution, Evolutionary Psychology & Christian Belief, Wenjack Theatre (OC W101.2)

September 28, 8 pm - Methodological Naturalism and Games Scientists Play, Lady Eaton College Lecture Hall (EC 201)

September 29, 8 pm - Divine Action in the World,
Lady Eaton College Lecture Hall (EC 201)

September 30, 8 pm - Evolution vs Naturalism,
Lady Eaton College Lecture Hall (EC 201)

The Department of Philosophy at Trent University is pleased to host Professor Alvin Plantinga from the University of Notre Dame for the 2004 Ryle Lecture Series to take place September 27 - 30. The lectures are open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

Professor Plantinga, the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Center for Philosophy of Religion in Indiana, will discuss Christian Belief and Science: Surface Conflict, Deep Discord; Naturalism and Science: Surface Concord, Deep Conflict.

Prof. Plantinga is a philosopher renowned for his work in metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of religion. He is widely thought to be one of the principal people responsible for generating revived interest in the philosophy of religion as a serious area for philosophical inquiry.

Prof. Plantinga holds degrees from Calvin College, the University of Michigan, and Yale University, and is the recipient of many academic honours and awards, including fellowships, lectureships and honorary degrees.

He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Faith and Philosophy (1964), The Ontological Argument (1965), God and Other Minds (1967), The Nature of Necessity (1974) God, Freedom and Evil (1974), Does God Have a Nature? (1980), Faith and Rationality (1983), The Twin Pillars of Christian Scholarship; the Henry Stob Lectures (l989), Warrant: the Current Debate (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993), Warrant and Proper Function (1993), Warranted Christian Belief (2000), and Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality (2003),

He has also published over 100 articles and his work is anthologized in the popular The Analytic Theist: An Alvin Plantinga Reader (1998).

The Ryle Lectures were established by the Philosophy Department at Trent University in 1977 in memory of the late Professor Gilbert Ryle of Oxford University. They are made possible by a grant from the Franklin J. Matchette Foundation and by funds from an endowment established by members, alumni and friends of the Department. Each year the Ryle Lecture Series brings a distinguished philosopher to the University for lectures and informal meetings. Recent lecturers include Drucilla Cornell, Dennis Dutton, Gerry Cohen and Susan Haack.




For further information, contact the Department of Philosophy, 748-1011, ext. 1814


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