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Offline Steven Novella

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« on: September 01, 2009, 01:19:28 pm »
The Argument from Design
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Re: SGU 5x5 #76
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2009, 02:07:53 pm »
Just to add to/correct what Evan said--"one of the most famous early examples of making an argument from design dates back to the mid-13th Century"--arguments from design date back abstractly to Plato's forms, and concretely to Aristotle (i.e., 16 centuries earlier), where we speak of Aristotle's "four causes" (material, formal, efficient, and final.)

Aquinas was very much an Aristotelian--his application of argument from design for proving the existence of God was unique to him, but the credit (or blame) goes to Aristotle for articulating the line of thought itself at hand.
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