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  • Argument From Design
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    PALEY'S TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT This paper will examine the argument put forward by William Paley in 1802, in his Natural Theology. Paley offers an argument from design that purports to show a clear and distinct reason why one should hold a belief in God, due to the inherent features of the world. It is attempted in this paper to firstly: show that the argument should be rejected on the grounds of lacking a rationally flowing set of premises and conclusions; and secondly: that the criticisms made ...
  • Arguments For The Existence Of God
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    There are three major arguments that attempt to explain the existence of God. Firstly, it is important to establish a definition of God. According to philosophers God is an infinitely perfect being that upholds a divine unity of ultimate goodness and of ultimate power. God is referred to as Omniscient, Omnipotent and Eternal. God has unlimited knowledge and intelligence, so basically God is the ultimate model of perfectionism. Though all Philosophers agree with this definition of God, it does no...
  • Two Argumentation Based Decision Support Systems We
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    Abstract Computers have been used to support human decision-making for several decades, and increasingly, formal argumentation models are being used in their design. However, their use raises a number of conceptual and social-ethical questions that have yet to be fully addressed. We explore some questions raised by two current proposals for computer-mediated argumentation and decision-making, in particular the assessment of substantive quality, inclusiveness, and, as these bear on legitimate pol...
  • Design Argument
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    Hume's criticism in regard to the Design Argument, although complex, can be summarized quite simply. It is first important to understand the main elements of the Design Argument. Hume's theory in opposition to that of the Design Argument contests the suggestion that the simple things in the universe must be compared with the greater to appreciate their complexity as a component of the system of the universe. Additionally, Hume considers the introduction of a greater being, such as God, to be irr...
  • Demea's First Argument Against Cleanthes
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    In Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion we are introduced to three characters that serve the purpose to debate God and his nature, more specifically, what can mankind infer about God and his nature. The three characters; Demea, Philo, and Cleanthes all engage in a debate concerning this question and they all serve the purpose of supporting their views on the subject. It is the "argument from design" put forth by Cleanthes that is the focal point of the discussion, and it is Demea and Phi...
  • Complexity And Functionality Of A Watch
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    Hume's counter-analogy does not succeed in undermining Paley's argument from design. Paley clearly explains to his reader that humans are so complicated that we must have been made by a designer. Hume argues that since the universe is not a human art, and is more like an animal, it does not need a designer. Paley argues that the complexity and functionality of a watch clearly shows that it was made by a designer. Animals are also complex and functional, therefore, Hume does not change the argume...
  • Universe Created By A Designer
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    Arguments Against The Design Experiment Essay, Research Arguments Against The Design Experiment Nikki Tobacco Philosophy 100 048728607 Food For Thought? Do we dwell in a Universe Created by a Designer? The phenomenon of the creation of the universe has baffled many for some time. The question of whether or not a designer / God put together this most intricate world in a personal quest or project leaves many in great debate. Was life brought about by some evolutionary feat? Or, in opposition, did...

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