Thursday, May 03, 2007

But That Would Be Unfair to Sophomores

Another witty and pithy comment on Richard Dawkins latest book. This one comes from noted philosopher Alvin Plantinga:
Now despite the fact that this book is mainly philosophy, Dawkins is not a philosopher (he's a biologist). Even taking this into account, however, much of the philosophy he purveys is at best jejune. You might say that some of his forays into philosophy are at best sophomoric, but that would be unfair to sophomores; the fact is (grade inflation aside), many of his arguments would receive a failing grade in a sophomore philosophy class. This, combined with the arrogant, smarter-than-thou tone of the book, can be annoying.

It may be overkill, but I cannot resist.

Hat tip to Telic Thoughts, if I recall correctly.


At May 07, 2007 6:22 AM, Anonymous J said...

It would be an interesting exercise to submit some of Dawkins' writings to philosophy examiners, anonymously of course, and see what grade would be awarded!



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