Plantinga on Warranted Beliefs: Does His Theory Function Properly?

William Hasker


In this review essay William Hasker discusses two recent volumes on the theory of knowledge by Alvin Plantinga. Plantinga argues that the concept of knowledge, properly understood, involves the requirement that the knower's cognitive faculties must be functioning as they were designed to function--which is to say, the very idea of knowledge involves the notion of a designer, namely God. Hasker, on the contrary, contends that the "proper function" of our cognitive faculties can be understood in a way that does not presuppose a designer. Mr. Hasker teaches philosophy at Huntington College.

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