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Teleological/Design Argument Notes

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHL105Y5
Professor
Jonathan Peterson
Semester
Fall

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Teleological Argument Design ArgumentThe Teleological argument proposes that watches and humans are both goaldirected systems in that they are both put together to serve a purposeThe argument is an aposteriori oneWilliam Paley 17431805 used the watchmaker analogy in his book Natural Theology or Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity collected from the Appearances of Nature published in 1802 In it Paley wrote that if a pocket watch is found on a heath it is most reasonable to assume that someone dropped it and that it was made by one or more watchmakers and not by natural forcesIn crossing a heath suppose I pitched my foot against a stone and were asked how the stone came to be there I might possibly answer that for anything I knew to the contrary it had lain there forever nor would it perhaps be very easy to show the absurdity of this answer But suppose I had found a watch upon the ground and it should be inquired how the watch happened to be in that place I should hardly think of the answer I had before given that for anything I knew the watch might have always been thereThere must have existed at some time and at some place or other an artificer or artificers who formed the watch for the purpose which we find it actually to answer who comprehended its construction and designed its useEvery indication of contrivance
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