Alvin Plantinga Retirement Celebration

Plantinga Retirement Celebration Program Cover

May 20-22, 2010 at the University of Notre Dame

Alvin Plantinga is one of the most important and influential philosophers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. His publications range over a wide variety of fields, but his most enduring contributions have been in metaphysics, epistemology, and, especially, the philosophy of religion. In 1980, Time Magazine, reporting on the remarkable resurgence of religious philosophy, identified Plantinga as the world's "leading philosopher of God."


Kelly James Clark – Calvin College
Michael C. Rea – University of Notre Dame

Watch conference presentations:

Thursday, May 20

7:30pm - 9:00pm   Michael Bergmann – Purdue University
"Commonsense Skeptical Theism"

  • Respondent: Stephen Wykstra – Calvin College
  • Chair: W. Jay Wood – Wheaton College

Friday, May 21

9:00am - 10:30am   Trenton Merricks – University of Virginia
"Singular Propositions"

  • Respondent: David VanderLaan – Westmont College
  • Chair: Jerome Gellman – Ben-Gurion University

10:45am - 12:15pm   Peter van Inwagen – University of Notre Dame
"Causation and the Mental"

  • Respondent: Robin Collins – Messiah College
  • Chair: Bernard Kobes – Arizona State University

1:45pm - 3:15pm   Richard Otte – University of California, Santa Cruz
"Theory Comparison in Science and Religion"

  • Respondent: Bas van Fraassen – San Francisco State University
  • Chair: René van Woudenberg – Free University, Amsterdam

3:30pm - 5:00pm   Ernest Sosa – Rutgers University
"Descartes and Virtue Epistemology"

  • Respondent: Raymond VanArragon – Bethel University
  • Chair: Rik Peels – University of Utrecht

Saturday, May 22

9:00am - 10:30am   Eleonore Stump – Saint Louis University
"The Value of Atonement"

  • Respondent: E.J. Coffman – University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Chair: Laura Ekstrom – The College of William and Mary

10:45am - 12:15pm   Thomas P. Flint – University of Notre Dame
"Varieties of Accidental Necessity"

  • Respondent: Thomas Crisp – Biola University
  • Chair: Laura Garcia – Boston College

1:45pm - 3:15pm   Dean Zimmerman – Rutgers University
"Stages in God's Foreknowledge"

  • Respondent: Donald Smith – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Chair: John Mullen – Oklahoma Baptist University

3:30pm - 5:00pm   Nicholas Wolterstorff – Yale University and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
"Then, Now, and Al"

  • Chair: Andrew Chignell – Cornell University