Hume's issues with the design argument

Hume argues that we have no experience of world making. We only recognise that machines have an intelligent designer because we have experience of such objects being designed and manufactured. If we had no experience of manufacturing, engineering or design, then we would never suppose that an object (watch) has been designed. To know what has brought something about, we have to have experience if it's being brought about. So, unless we have experience of other universes being brought about we cannot claim to know whether our own universe has been made.

Hume also points out that you cannot compare a machine (a watch) to the universe. The universe us organic but the watch is not. It…


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