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The Teleological Argument: Argument from Design/Purpose. The order and intricacy of things in the universe make sense only if an ordering and purposive mind is their cause. Wm. Paley (1743-1805). (A posteriori vs. a priori argument). Analogy: watch . . universe

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the teleological argument argument from design purpose
The Teleological Argument: Argument from Design/Purpose
  • The order and intricacy of things in the universe make sense only if an ordering and purposive mind is their cause

Wm. Paley

(1743-1805)

(A posteriori vs. a priori argument)

  • Analogy: watch . . universe
  • watchmaker . . universe-maker
criticisms of the teleological argument david hume
Criticisms of the Teleological Argument: David Hume
  • Even the claim that the universe exhibits order is doubtful; it is a human imposition
  • We cannot use analogy in discussing the universe: we do not experience universes or know that intelligent beings produce them
  • Even if we argue analogously, we cannot conclude that its creator is one, wise, good or even still existing
criticism of the design argument charles darwin
Criticism of the Design Argument:Charles Darwin
  • Things in nature exhibit order, but that is not the result of design or purpose
  • Things appear orderly because random variations produce adaptive individuals
    • Objection (Fine Tuning Argument): divine design is a more likely explanation for the intricate conditions needed for life

(1809-82)