• Answering the Transcendental Criticisms of Van Til's TAG

    Author(s):
    Joshua Pillows (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Group(s):
    Analytic Philosophy, Theology
    Subject(s):
    Van Til, Cornelius, 1895-1987, Kant, Immanuel, 1724-1804, Apologetics, Theology, Doctrinal, Calvinism
    Item Type:
    Abstract
    Tag(s):
    Transcendental, Van Til, Presuppositional Apologetics, TAG, Calvinism, philosophy
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/fg7j-gw10
    Abstract:
    The present study has been primarily provoked from the inadequacy of both late and present presuppositionalists to sufficiently answer or refute the more philosophical, transcendental challenges levelled against Van Til’s Transcendental Argument for the Existence of God (hereafter TAG). Given this shortcoming—which, with it, comes an atmospheric, looming doubt over the argument’s legitimacy—, and given that this work is not only intended for refutation but also practical conciseness, brevity concerning appropriate citations and expositions (where not as pivotal) will be stressed while simultaneously retaining the objective aspect of refutation. An overview of both Van Tillian presuppositional apologetics and TAG as operating under a Christian philosophy will first be embellished before finally turning to the list of transcendental criticisms levelled against presuppositional apologetics. The criticisms will be addressed and refuted in succession from least-potent to most-lethal before finally concluding that Van Til’s controversial argument retains its objective force.
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