Paley Natural Theology

Paley Natural Theology - Natural Theology William Paley...

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Natural Theology William Paley Teleological argument (argument from design) o Teleological- to do with purpose, function Argument involves intricacy with objects, and that all complicated objects have designers Watchmaker needs to be more complex than the item he created. If the watch exists then the watchmaker must exist too. Watchmaker has to be intelligent- but how intelligent? Only enough to make a watch The Argument Premise 1: If one were to find a watch lying on the ground, one would assume that its complexity and purpose (i.e. functional order) were the result of it having been designed by an intelligent creator Premise 2: Many things in nature are extremely complex and appear to serve various purposes (human eye, animal instincts, etc) Conclusion: By analogy we should accept that the best explanation for the complexity and apparent purpose that we find in nature is that these things were created by God inductive inference to the best explanation- even if everything is true he is giving one possible reason, not BEST reason. Argument by analogy too
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