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Two Dozen (or so) Arguments for GodThe Plantinga Project$
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Jerry L. Walls and Trent Dougherty

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190842215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190842215.001.0001

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The Argument from Colors and Flavors

The Argument from Colors and Flavors

The Argument from Consciousness

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(S) The Argument from Colors and Flavors
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Two Dozen (or so) Arguments for God
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Richard Swinburne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190842215.003.0018

A physical event is one to which no one person has privileged access (by experiencing it), and a mental event is one to which its subject has privileged access. Mental events include conscious events; brain events are physical events. A fundamental physical theory has few physical laws. But mental events include many different unanalyzable sensations, and innumerable different “propositional” events. So if mind-brain connections are lawlike, there will be innumerable independent psychophysical laws. It is improbable that such a vast number of laws would have come into existence by chance; but since it is good that there be humans with this rich mental life, of a kind such that humans cannot discover the details of each others’ lives and so have the privacy necessary to make moral choices, God has reason to cause the existence of humans and so of such laws. Hence our conscious life caused by the operation of psychophysical laws provides strong evidence for the existence of God.

Keywords:   God, consciousness, psychophysical laws, mental events, mind-brain interaction, mental privacy

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