Monton MS on ID: Must Read!!
November 18, 2008 — 13:24

Author: Trent Dougherty  Category: Books of Interest Existence of God  Comments: 3

Bradley Monton has completed a book MS on Intelligent Design. I’ll paste some of his introductory remarks here with a link to the originating page and to his blog, which I highly recommend Prosblogion readers take a look at.
I’ve known Brad for years now and have discussed confirmation theory and philosophy of religion with him a lot, including at various conferences. Along with Erik Wielenberg, Bradley is one of the great young guns of contemporary analytic philosophy of religion on the non-theist side. These guys are great philosophers who take the arguments seriously and advance the state of the art. Dawkins and Dennett just distract (and detract) from the real work, but these guys are the real thing. Please check out Bradley’s blog here: http://bradleymonton.wordpress.com/
Here’s his description of the book. For an annotated bibliography go to his page here: http://spot.colorado.edu/~monton/BradleyMonton/ID.html
“The doctrine of intelligent design has been maligned by atheists, but even though I’m an atheist, I’m of the opinion that the arguments for intelligent design are stronger than most people realize. The goal of this book is to try to get people to take intelligent design seriously. I maintain that it is legitimate to view intelligent design as science, that there are somewhat plausible arguments for the existence of a cosmic designer, and that intelligent design should be taught in public school science classes.”

Comments:
  • Kevin Timpe

    Thanks, Trent. The book looks interesting, as does the blog (which I’ve just subscribed to).

    November 18, 2008 — 14:46
  • Matthew Mullins

    I’m regularly surprised by how many of my students and colleagues think design arguments are terrible simply because they don’t like the conclusion. There are plenty of arguments where I find the conclusion false, implausible, or even pernicious, but it doesn’t follow that the argument is terrible. Arguments for substance dualism often suffer from the same response. Hopefully Monton’s work can act as some corrective. (I’m not optimistic.)
    In any case, Monton certainly deserves props for intellectual integrity. If I recall correctly, during the Dover case Monton received a fair amount of pressure from other academics to take his work on ID arguments offline. Pressure that he ignored. That kind of intellectual honesty to often seems in short supply.
    As a side note, word is that Dennett and Plantinga are slated to have a debate at the upcoming APA Pacific. If true, I suspect it will shed more heat than light.

    November 18, 2008 — 16:32
  • Trent Dougherty

    Yes, Brad is one of those rare birds that takes the arguments as they come.
    As for a Dennet v. Plantinga face off, light *and* heat could be fun… 🙂

    November 19, 2008 — 19:19