By Benjamin C. Jantzen
The heritage of layout arguments stretches again to earlier than Aquinas, who claimed that issues which lack intelligence however act for an finish to accomplish the simplest outcome. even though technological know-how has complex to discredit this declare, it is still precise that many organic structures demonstrate awesome diversifications of potential to ends. models of layout arguments have continued over the centuries and feature culminated in theories that suggest an clever clothier of the universe. This quantity is the one finished survey of 2,000 years of discussion, drawing on either old and smooth literature to spot, make clear, and verify significantly the numerous different types of layout argument for the lifestyles of God. It presents a impartial, informative account of the subject from antiquity to Darwin, and comprises concise primers on likelihood and cosmology. it is going to be of significant worth to upper-level undergraduates and graduates in philosophy of faith, theology, and philosophy of technology.
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Anaxagoras' the ory is dualist in the sense that it distinguishes physical and mental causes. 3 De anima, 411a, 8-9. g.. McKeon 1941, 553. 4 See Sedley 2007, ch. 1. " Arguments from antiquity The cosmogony of Anaxagoras was followed by more elaborate dualist accounts of the world and its structure, such as that of Empedocles. By the end of the pre-Socratic era, these rather successful dualist accounts were being challenged by the materialist theories of the ato mists. For the atomists, mind is not independent of matter but is, like everything else, a consequence of the properties and motions of material atoms.
Living things show purpose in their various adaptations. Plant stems are rigid enough to hold up the leaves and are capable of extracting sap from the earth. Only an intelligent agent can arrange things for a purpose. Vines have tendrils with which to cling to their sub strate. Plants are shielded by bark or cork which protect them from the elements. 4 The argument from purpose benefit of mankind. He goes on at great length to provide many examples of the ways in which organisms are adapted to perpetuate the web oflife.
In order to favor the first, one needed an argument against the materialists - one needed a design argument. 5 Since we'll see this argument reflected in the Stoic arguments below, I won't analyze it in detail here. But in outline, Socrates says that whatever exists for beneficial purposes must be the result of reason, not of chance. He then points to a number of biological adaptations such as the eye that, by his reckoning, clearly serve beneficial purposes such as seeing. From this, he concludes that a god exists.