God and Other Minds is the name of a 1967 book by Alvin Plantinga which re-kindled serious philosophical debate on the Existence of God in Anglophone philosophical circles by arguing that belief in God was like belief in other minds: although neither could be demonstrated conclusively against a determined sceptic both were fundamentally rational. The philosophical argument has been developed and criticised by Plantinga and others in the succeeding 40 years.
God and Other Minds: A Study of the Rational Justification of Belief in God was originally published by Cornell University Press in (1967). An edition with a new preface by Plantinga was published in 1990 (ISBN 978-0801497353). The book has the following chapters:
Part I: Natural Theology
Part II: Natural Atheology
Part III: God and Other Minds
The book has been widely cited
The psychologist Justin L. Barrett suggests that "Believing that other humans have minds arises from many of the same mental tools and environmental information from which belief in gods or God comes...no scientific evidence exists that proves people have minds" and that "although some small number of academics...claim to believe that people do not have