Prepared July, 2010


       





The Defeasible Pumpkin:

An Epiphany in a Pumpkin Patch

by

 
David P. Hoover

1997



Defeasible Pumpkin Cover


July, 2010.

Electronic Edition Copyright © 2010 by David P. Hoover

Back Cover   116

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CONTENTS.

Introduction

Titlepage i

Dedication  iii

Abstract  v  vi

Preface  vii  viii  ix  x

Contents  xi  xii

An Introductory Essay  1  001  002  003

[1] When the same method yields a 'proof' of two mutually exclusive
        positions, the problem has got to be the method  4  004

[21 Some Criteriologies for Ascribing Knowledge:
        The Traditional, the Hokey, and the Strange 5  005  006  007  008  009

[3J Analogical Rationality:
        A (Strong, Fair, Pale) Reflection of God's Rationality?  10  010  011  012  013  014  015  016  017  018

[4] A Closer Look at "No Identity-No Coincidence"  19  019

[5] "This is my beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased!":
        Identity of Reference, Meaning, and Truth on a Mountaintop  20  020

(1) Identity of Reference  21  021

(2) Idenity of Meaning  22  022

(3) Identity with Regard to Understanding the Meaning
        of Mapping Language onto the World: Truth  23  023  024  025  026  027

[6] But what has Van Tillian analogicity to do with Linus's
        defense of the Great Pumpkin?  28  028  029

[7] Investigative Competence within a Causal Order: The Biblical &
        Commonsense Alternative to Transcendental Speculation  30  030

(1) Locating the Children for Dinner 31  031  032

(2) Ptolemaic Geocentrism vs. Copernican Heliocentrism  33  033  034

(3) Isaiah and Moses on Identifying the Living God 35  035  036  037  038  039  040

[8] Transcendental football anyone?
        ["But Charlie, there's no such thing as a magical touchdown!"]  41  041  042  043  044  045  046


THE DEFEASIBLE PUMPKIN:
An Epiphany in a Pumpkin Patch

I. The Cast  47  047

II. Apologetically Perplexed  48  048  049  050  051  052

III. The Plan: A "Point of Contact" with Linus  52  052  053

IV.  Discussion: Peanuts Anyone?  54  054  055  056  057  058  059  060

V. More Discussion: "Vertical" vs. "Horizontal"
        Epistemology 61  061  062

VI. Immunity to Empirical Critique: A False Start  64  064  065  066  067  068

VII. "For we know in part...": Epistemic Activity "Under
        Heaven" 69  069  070  071  072  073  074  075  076  077  078

VIII. A Christological Approach to Apologetic Commonsense:
        "Why the Evidential Threshold of the Sodomites was so
        much lower than that of Jesus's Contemporaries" 79  079  080  081  082  083  084  085  086

IX. A Final Reflection from Linus: We are only knowers 87  087  088  089  090

X. "Real World" Security and Farewell 91  091  092

Epilogue   93  093  094

LUCY'S GUIDE to the Jargon and Big Words 95
  095  096  097  098  099  100  101  102  103  104  105  106  107  108  109  110  111  112  113  114


       

Prepared July, 2010