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Teleological Argument

Teleology is an argument of God’s existence following the evidence of order defined as the design of nature. Teleological arguments also known as arguments from design, explain the order in the universe to the existence of God. The universe is believed to be ordered towards some end or a certain purpose. It is more reasonable to suggest that the universe was created by an intelligent being to accomplish a purpose rather than it being there by chance (McGrath, 2010). The teleological argument has been used...

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The Teleological Argument

The Teleological Argument By Zenny Saheel Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy which studies the nature of “being”. The search for the existence of God has been questioned many a time and astounded many philosophers and scientists alike. By looking at certain arguments for the existence of God we are not only attempting to see if God exists but what God is like. Omniscient (All seeing), omnipresent (Present everywhere), omnipotent (All powerful), Benevolent (Good) and Eternal (Always Existed)...

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Teleological Argument for Creation

Melissa Watchorn November 4, 2011 The Teleological Argument and its Not-so-logical Form. The teleological argument attempts to prove in its form that there is an ultimate design and therefore ultimate designer of the universe. It attempts to tell us that, since the universe shows some form of design (a butterfly’s wings, a human eye, etc), there must be some sort of intelligent designer behind it all. The argument from design is as follows: “Watches, houses, ships, machines and so on all...

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The Facade Of The Teleological Argument

John Greavu Mark Herr Philosophy 1002 12 November 2012 The Façade of the Teleological Argument In Accordance with David Hume’s “Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion” The Teleological argument for the existence of God seems strikingly compelling at first glance, but greatly weakens once it becomes subjected to intense discourse. This argument, also referred to as the “design argument”, is an a posteriori argument claiming that through observation of the universe we can discover evidence of...

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Teleological argument paley

Paley’s Teleological Argument William Paley’s teleological argument is the concept of how an object such as a stone can exist simply because it has been in one spot forever when you can’t say the same thing about a mechanical device such as a watch. Paley’s conclusion to this argument is that he believes an object or device, or in his example the watch, is created for a specific function or purpose, regardless of if it works properly, is defective or whether we understand how or why it was created...

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Evaluation Of The Teleological Argument

October 2012 Evaluation of the Teleological Argument The teleological argument argues that the universe must have had a designer, therefore implying the existence of a Supreme Being. This argument strongly relies on observations of the apparent design and orderly complexity within the universe that has existed long before humans inhabited and affected it. Everything is here for a reason, and everything has a purpose. From these main points, the teleological argument claims that the only way that...

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Explain the Teleological Argument (25 Marks)

Explain the Teleological Argument (25) The Teleological Argument is widely known as The Design Argument. It originated from the greek word 'telos' which means 'end'. The is a posteriori and inductive argument which means it looks at the evidence and concludes from it. The classic Design Argument claims that the universe has order, purpose and regularity and the complexity of the universe shows evidence of design. This leads to the conclusion that there is a designer of the universe who is said...

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Examine the Key Features of the Teleological Argument?

Examine the key features of the Teleological argument. The word teleological comes from the Greek word ‘Telos’ which means purpose. The teleological argument is a posteriori and like the cosmological argument, attempts to prove the existence of God. It claims that certain phenomena within the universe appear to display features of design and are perfectly adapted to fulfil their function. Therefore, if features of the universe are so perfectly designed, for example the structure and function...

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Explain the Teleological Argument Put Forward by Aquinas and Paley

directed to their end: and this being we call God" Aquinas, Summa Theologica. The teleological argument is the design argument for the existence of God. This argument is an a posteriori argument. It is based on observations of the apparent order in the universe and the natural world, to conclude that it is not the result of mere chance but of design. The evidence from design points to a designer and the argument concludes that the designer is God. "With such signs of forethought in the design of...

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Explain Hume’s Criticisms of the Cosmological Arguments. [25 Marks]

Explain Hume’s criticisms of the teleological argument (25 marks) Hume criticised the teleological argument in plenty of ways as he believed that the argument was deeply flawed. His first point criticised Paley’s analogy of the watch. The first part of the analogy claimed that if you found a rock while walking through a heath, you would not think anything of it. However, if you had seen a watch you would examine it and find that it had moving parts that demonstrate that the watch has a purpose...

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