Hume's critiscisms of the teleological argument

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The teleological argument states that the universe shows complex signs of design and as these signs of design are much more complex than anything that humans can make, it must be a supreme being that created the universe thus it states that God created the universe.

Hume was a philosopher who criticised this argument on the basis of there being no comparisons to anything like the universe thus Paley’s watch analogy is incorrect and also he believed that there were other explanations for God being the designer.

Firstly, he criticised Paley’s watch analogy as he stated that there is nothing similar thus it is incorrect to compare the universe to watch as we have no proof of anything similar. This is in fact like comparing a vegetable to something man made which is completely incorrect. Moreover, his analogy relies on experienced that we do not actually have because we


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