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- Created on: 16-12-14 13:41
The design argument
the argument from design is an empiricist argument, it is also a teleological argument – an argument using purpose as its key idea. 'Telos' = purpose.
The design argument argues from the coordination and intricacy of interrelations betweens parts in living things working together for a purpose suggests that living things have been designed. If they are designed, then we can infer a designer. The argument from design argues from the order and regularity that we see in the universe we can infer the existence of a God that designed the universe.
Paley's design argument:
anything that has parts organised to serve a purpose is designed, e.g. a watch
Nature contains things which has parts designed for a purpose, e.g. the eye
therefore, nature contains things which are designed.
Design can only be explained in terms of a designer
a designer must be or have a mind and be distinct from what is designed
therefore, nature was designed by a mind that is distinct from nature
therefore, such a mind (God) exists.
(1) the watch has parts that are organised and put together for a purpose, and without the parts being organised the way they are – the purpose would not be fulfilled. This property having parts organised for a purpose…