Monday, August 9, 2010

A Couple of Arguments Against Immaterialism

A couple of deductive arguments I came up with to interact with immaterialism.


  1. Unless we have great defeaters for a common sense view, we should hold that view.
  2. We do not have any great defeaters for the belief in the material world, which is the common sense view.
  3. Therefore, we should hold the view that there is a material world.



  1. God is perfect and would not create us so that we are deceived at the most basic level about the nature of the world.
  2. If immaterialism is true, then we are deceived at our most basic level about the nature of the world.
  3. God created us.
  4. Therefore, we are not deceived about the nature of the world.
  5. Therefore, immaterialism is not true.

**Update with a third argument**

  1. If the Bible asserts something, then it is true.
  2. Paul, in the Bible, asserts a distinction between the material world and the immaterial world (Romans 15:27; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; and any time the body and the soul are distinguished).
  3. Therefore, there is a distinct material world and a distinct immaterial world. 

2 comments:

Rhology said...

I'd take issue with the 2nd one.

1. God is perfect and would not create us so that we are deceived at the most basic level about the nature of the world.
2. If immaterialism is true, then we are deceived at our most basic level about the nature of the world.
3. God created us.
4. Therefore, we are not deceived about the nature of the world.
5. Therefore, immaterialism is not true.



I question premise 1, given original sin. There's more to be said about it.

bossmanham said...

Well He didn't create us deceived, we deceived ourselves via sin. I, however, don't think our basic senses have been distorted to the extent that we think there is a material world when it is actually a world of ideas. I think the deception is mostly spiritual, though I'm sure there are sensory deceptions too.