, Volume 145, Issue 3, pp 325–338

Problems With the Argument From Fine Tuning


DOI: 10.1007/s11229-005-6195-0

Cite this article as:
Colyvan, M., Garfield, J.L. & Priest, G. Synthese (2005) 145: 325. doi:10.1007/s11229-005-6195-0


The argument from fine tuning is supposed to establish the existence of God from the fact that the evolution of carbon-based life requires the laws of physics and the boundary conditions of the universe to be more or less as they are. We demonstrate that this argument fails. In particular, we focus on problems associated with the role probabilities play in the argument. We show that, even granting the fine tuning of the universe, it does not follow that the universe is improbable, thus no explanation of the fine tuning, theistic or otherwise, is required.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Colyvan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jay L. Garfield
    • 3
    • 4
  • Graham Priest
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Division of the Humanities and Social SciencesCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaU.S.A.
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophySmith College NorthamptonU.S.A.
  4. 4.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of MelbourneVictoriaAustralia
  5. 5.Graham Priest Department of PhilosophyUniversity of MelbourneVictoriaAustralia
  6. 6.Department of Logic and MetaphysicsUniversity of St. AndrewsSt. AndrewsScotland

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