What is wrong with intelligent design?

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11153-007-9112-2

Cite this article as:
Dawes, G.W. Int J Philos Relig (2007) 61: 69. doi:10.1007/s11153-007-9112-2


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.


Intelligent design Design arguments Teleological arguments 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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