Aquinas Teleological

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  • Aquinas (13th Century) Teleological
    • 5th of Five ways
    • Something that lacks intelligence ca not cause itself to move unless something intelligent moves them
    • believed that there must be an intelligence lying behind the functions of the organisms
    • ANALOGY - archer - an unintelligent object (such as an arrow) can only be aimed towards a goal (such as a target) with the guiding hand of an intelligent being (an archer)
    • The universe follows natural laws even if they possess no intelligence (E.G. regular movement of the stars in the sky)
    • In fulling their end purpose they dont have the ability to think for themselves which suggests that they have been directed by something else
    • For aquinas, the only possible explanation for this guiding intelligence was God


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