Teleological argument Essays

  • The Teleological Argument Analysis

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    Megan Castro Professor Jason Southworth PHI 2010 January 25, 2016 Paper #1: Paley In William Paley 's The Teleological Argument, Paley concludes that God exists-or rather a "watchmaker", i.e. a designer of the universe, exists. Paley presents his argument with the over-stretching of the analogy that the existence of such an intricate design that is a watch, has a great purpose, as opposed to a stone that is of no use, and serves as proof of a watchmaker. Paley uses the example of a watch

  • The Teleological Argument: The Existence Of God

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    The topic I am going to focus on is the existence of God. In this topic I will research into the teleological argument (argument from design) and what it shows about the existence of God. As God has all of these amazing qualities, it can only be understood that he was the designer of the world as only someone with such talents would be capable of designing the universe. The teleological argument was formed to prove that God exists. The idea is that God was the creator of the universe and he created

  • The Design Argument Essay

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    (omnipresence), and moral perfection.” With regard to God’s existence, many philosophical arguments, some of which date back thousands of year, deliver intriguing and intellectual interpretations, questioning our knowledge about the universe. One of them is the Design Argument, or the teleological argument, the most influential and developed argument for the existence of God throughout history. The basic idea of this argument is that the universe, which we live is created and controlled by an intelligent designer

  • Teleological Argument

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    The teleological argument, or otherwise known as the argument from design and the intelligent design argument, is a philosophical theory put forward by William Paley with its final premise of proving that god exists. The argument includes a handful of elements, however close to the fringe yet within the margin, of logic in order to assist the facilitation of accepting the premise as a truth. As we examine the argument, and its implications in the context in which it was given, we can begin to see

  • Essay On The Teleological Argument

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    The Teleological Argument The Teleological Argument tries to prove the existence of a deity from the order of nature found around, and is often called the design argument. The term teleological comes from the Greek words telos and logos. Telos means the goal or end or purpose of a thing while logos means the study of the nature of a thing. The suffix ology or the study of is also from the noun logos or logy which means communications of divine origin. In this argument the main point often debated

  • Intelligent Design Argument Analysis

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    have tried to prove the existence of God is through teleological arguments, or arguments that explain the purpose or directive goal of something. One of the best examples of a teleological argument is given by St. Thomas Aquinas in his Fifth Way for the existence of God. This argument is found in the first volume of his Summa Theologica goes as follows:

  • Thomas Aquinas Argument

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    medieval church. Aquinas principal working tool was the way he explained his arguments based on reasoning of his own. With the help of reasoning, Aquinas could conclude God’s role in this world and in the lives of everyone. As well as reasoning, Aquinas used truth in his philosophical ideals to obtain a more asserted answer to the question, “does God exist?” and how can it be proved that he does. Aquinas presented 5 different arguments

  • Paley's Intelligent Design Argument

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    Paley attempts to logically prove that God exists and created the universe, known the Intelligent Design argument (Himma). In this argument, he states that the universe is like a watch in three relevant aspects, complexity, regularity, and purpose. Because of this, he says, we know that a watch has a creator, therefore the universe must also have a creator. However, I believe that this argument is flawed because I think the analogy does not work on two of these counts, regularity, and purpose. I also

  • Moral Evils: Swinburne's Solution To The Problem Of Evil

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    persuasive. I begin with a formulation of Swinburne’s thoughts about the similarity and difference between moral evil and natural evil. I then formulate the connection between evil and free will. Next, I consider the potentiality objection to this argument, and Swinburne’s response to this objection. Finally, I argue Swinburne’s solution to the Problem of Evil is persuasive. First, I begin with Swinburne’s views on the kinds of evils. According to him, there are two kinds of evil: moral evil and natural

  • Blaise Paschal's Wager Argument Analysis

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    Blaise Paschal was a French mathematician and philosopher who building an argument on why one should believe in God, it is named Paschal’s Wager. According to Paschal’s Wager, it is better to have a belief in God than not believing in Him. God is known for punishing those who go against or do not believe in Him. Therefore, Paschal stated you should believe in God because after death you can be rewarded with an eternity in heaven. However, if you do not believe in God and he does exist you will be

  • Immanuel Kant's Critique Of Judgment

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    In general aesthetics is defined as concept that is dualistic - it involves on the one hand the artist and on the other hand the art critic or the philosopher. Aesthetics is a branch of philosophy and as such is interested in art itself and not in specific works of art. Modern aesthetics became distinct in the middle of the eighteenth century, and it was then also when claims that were trying to privilege aesthetic reason or experience arose. Such statements of aesthetic reason are present in Kant’s

  • Descartes Vs Cogito

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    make it unreliable (Cahn 535). The Evil Demon can alter thoughts to the point where even they cannot be relied upon (Cahn 535). To Descartes, this is the strongest argument for skepticism. For this reason, from now on, I will focus on how the Cogito relates to this skeptical argument. Descartes needs a foundation to progress his argument in the rest of the Meditations in order to prove the existence of God, and of Body. From now on, we will assume that Descartes successful proved that our senses,

  • The Teleological Argument Summary

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    According to William Paley’s argument in “The Teleological Argument" everything was created for a specific purpose. Paley uses the watch and mentions its maker to compare the creation of the world and God. In order to explain why certain objects have a specific design and purpose, Paley uses the watch to develop this idea. According to Paley, the watch has many intricate parts which contribute not only to the overall design but to the overall function of the watch. This can be compared to God and

  • Descartes Cosmological Proof Of God Analysis

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    Thomas Paine. However, there are also people that do not believe in these proofs, such as David Hume. Through Soccio 's “Archetypes of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy”, one can see that Hume rejects Descartes’s ontological proofs, Newton’s teleological proof, and Paine’s cosmological proof of God’s existence. In his book “Discourse on Method,” Descartes gives two ontological proofs of God’s existence. The first proof appears earlier in his book when he doubts himself about not being perfect.

  • Teleological Argument Analysis

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    In order to gain a full understanding of the teleological argument, it is also important to examine the viewpoints of those who question the validity of the teleological argument. Critics discount the argument in a number of ways. They say the premise that “the universe has a design” is groundless because there is also apparent disorder and absence of design that cannot be disregarded. Critics argue that the belief that there can be no design without a grand designer is also not true. For example

  • The Cosmological Argument For The Existence Of God

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    brilliant philosophers in history. In response to this question they created three major arguments for the existence of god. These arguments are the cosmological argument for the existence of god, the anthological argument for the existence of god and the theological argument for the existence of god. The Theological Argument for the Existence of God also known as the Argument from Design or the Intelligence Design Argument states that the universe show remarkable sophistication and this sophistication suggest

  • Teleological Argument Research Paper

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    The teleological argument to me is what makes God’s existence real because of the design of our world and the creation of the living things. Who else could have created the earth and all the living things around us? It couldn’t be the humans; because it brings us back to the question on how were humans created? Everything has a starting point, and this starting point happens to be an intelligent designer who created the universe. A man can create such things as electronics, statues and buildings

  • Paley's Teleological Argument Analysis

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    theologian and teacher of moral worth, Paley used a teleological argument to elaborate on the evidence of design to try and prove the existence of God. Through reason, Paley will try to prove that such a being exists. William Paley's teleological argument states that

  • William Paley's Teleological Argument

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    The philosopher William Paley discussed the existence of God in the so called the teleological argument. The teleological argument is also known as Intelligent Design, or the argument from design. In order to explain the existence of God, William Paley gave us what is known as an argument by analogy. This form of inductive argument invites us to consider a particular state of affairs. For instance, let us set two situations; situation A for which we are already likely to have certain beliefs, and

  • William Paley's The Teleological Argument

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    I Thesis The Teleological Argument presented by William Paley is not a good nor a sound argument due to Paley’s use of the word ‘generally’ in premise three as well as his failure to establish a God, in all aspects of the word, existence. I now will explain each premise of the Teleological Argument and all of its premise’s in Section II, then in Section III explain why I believe this argument fails and is unsound. II The Teleological Argument In the Theological Argument, Premise one says that ‘The