The aim of this series is to inform both professional philosophers and a larger readership (of social and natural scientists, methodologists, mathematicians, students, teachers, publishers, etc.) about what is going on, who's who, and who does what in contemporary philosophy and logic. PROFILES is designed to present the research activity and the results of already outstanding personalities and schools and of newly emerging ones in the various fields of philosophy and logic. There are many Festschrift volumes dedicated to various philosophers. There is the celebrated Library of Living Philosophers edited by P. A. Schilpp whose format influenced the present enterprise. Still they can only cover very little of the contemporary philosophical scene. Faced with a tremendous expansion of philosophical information and with an almost frightening division of labor and increasing specialization we need systematic and regular ways of keeping track of what happens in the profession. PROFILES is intended to perform such a function. Each volume is devoted to one or several philosophers whose views and results are presented and discussed.
The profiled philosopher(s) will summarize and review his (their) own work in the main fields of significant contribution. This work will be discussed and evaluated by invited contributors. Relevant historical and/or biographical data, an up-to-date bibliography with short abstracts of the most important works and, whenever possible, references to significant reviews and discussions will also be included.
`The book is uniformly excellent, not only in the quality of the individual contributions but in the balance and selection of materials, the notes, references and indices.'
International Philosophical Quarterly (September 1986)
One.- Self-Profile.- 1. Roots and Early Days.- 2. Education.- 3. Research and Writing.- A. The Problem of Evil.- B. Calvinist Epistemology.- C. The Ontological Argument.- D. Necessity De Dicto.- E. Necessity De Re.- F. Names.- G. Possible Worlds, Actualism, and Serious Actualism.- H. Plans for the Future.- Two.- Plantinga on Trans-World Identity.- Plantinga on Possible Worlds.- Plantinga on the Reduction of Possibilist Discourse.- Plantinga's Theory of Proper Names.- Plantinga and the Philosophy of Mind.- Plantinga on the Problem of Evil.- Plantinga and the Ontological Argument.- Plantinga on Foreknowledge and Freedom.- Plantinga's Epistemology of Religious Belief.- Replies.- Three.- Bibliography of Alvin Plantinga.- Index of Names.- Index of Subjects.