What is wrong with intelligent design?
- Gregory W. DawesAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of Otago Email author
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While a great deal of abuse has been directed at intelligent design theory (ID), its starting point is a fact about biological organisms that cries out for explanation, namely “specified complexity” (SC). Advocates of ID deploy three kind of argument from specified complexity to the existence of a designer: an eliminative argument, an inductive argument, and an inference to the best explanation. Only the first of these merits the abuse directed at it; the other two arguments are worthy of respect. If they fail, it is only because we have a better explanation of SC, namely Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.
KeywordsIntelligent design Design arguments Teleological arguments
- What is wrong with intelligent design?
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Volume 61, Issue 2 , pp 69-81
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- Gregory W. Dawes (1)
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- 1. Department of Philosophy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand