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Kerri Schlicher PHI102 Dr Hoffman March 14 2001 SUBJECT The Design Theory in Humes Dialogues TOPIC Skepticism of the Design Theory PAPER TITLE On the Inadequacy of the Design Theory THESIS That using the design theory to prove the existence of God is philosophically inaccurate The design argument is a proof for the existence of God Hume uses this idea in the Dialogues Cleanthes is defending this argument He states that 1Machines are produced by intelligent design 2The universe resembles a machine 3Therefore the universe was produced by intelligent design The whole argument rests upon the analogy between the design we recognize in human-created artifacts and similar design we recognize in the universe In this paper I will attempt to argue that you cannot prove the existence of God using the design argument First of all the design argument is based on a faulty analogy We dont know whether the order in nature was the result of design since unlike our experience with the creation of machines we did not witness the formation of the world Second the vastness of the universe weakens any comparison with human artifacts Although the universe is orderly here it may be chaotic somewhere else Another weakness of the design theory is that natural design may be accounted for by nature alone insofar as matter contains within itself some particular order And even if the universe is of divine origin we are not justified in concluding that this divine cause is a single all powerful or all good being Therefore with these reasons alone one can argue that the design theory cannot possibly prove the existence of God 1 The design argument is based on a faulty analogy we dont know whether the order in nature was the result of design since unlike our experience with the creation of machines
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