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- Meaning of Life continued Two Kinds of Explanation The President wants to get re-elected(purpose end or goal The President believes that the

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Meaning of Life continued… Two Kinds of Explanation The President wants to get re-elected (purpose, end or goal) The President believes that the best way to get re-elected is by spending lots of money on TV campaign ads (means to the end) So , the President spends lots of money on TV campaign ads (behavior explained) Can be used to explain various things, even design theory. Although this use of purpose is not conclusive, it is used frequently. If we wish, we can even bring the second sort of purpose-directed explanation into line with the first sort that we met: God wanted to create the best possible world. God believed that the best way to create the best possible world was to implement design A So , God implemented design A (action) It's doubtful that many discoveries about human functional anatomy could have been made without employing some such purpose-directed explanation. So the utility of  purpose-directed explanation in biology  seems to be beyond dispute.  And biology texts seem to be full of such explanations. We explain by applying a general principle (law of nature) that articulates a physically necessary
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course PHI 340 taught by Professor Austin during the Spring '08 term at N.C. State.

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- Meaning of Life continued Two Kinds of Explanation The President wants to get re-elected(purpose end or goal The President believes that the

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