Teleological reasoning?

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What are your thoughts on teleological reasoning?
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I think it's a mostly redundant mode of reasoning, only applicable to genuine inventions rather than natural phenomena. It's popular in children, but tends to be grown out of in almost all areas of thought, with the exception of the origins of Earth, the universe and so on, in which case teleological argument is regularly employed to imply the existence of a creator deity.
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Teleological Reasoning is a rather difficult matter. I do not support it forthrightly, however, the end can sometimes be used to justify the means, if the choices that you are confronted with are those where the teachings you usually utilise will result in something that is indeed far worse than if you were to break your rules.

Let's say that there's a man who is about to kill 100 people via the most painful means possible. The only way to stop him is to kill him. If I was to be deontological and keep to my rule of "do not kill", then surely the end result would be worse, and I would be, to a degree, favouring myself over the lives of 100. In this case, I would break away from my deontological perspective and act in a teleological manner.
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I think it's a mostly redundant mode of reasoning, only applicable to genuine inventions rather than natural phenomena. It's popular in children, but tends to be grown out of in almost all areas of thought, with the exception of the origins of Earth, the universe and so on, in which case teleological argument is regularly employed to imply the existence of a creator deity.
By children I'm assuming you mean say under 6 years of age. This surely makes teleological reasoning seem... intuitive, furthermore I doubt most six years olds are fully aware of logic behind their reasoning, they wouldn't be able to mount a defence to any objections for example.
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By children I'm assuming you mean say under 6 years of age. This surely makes teleological reasoning seem... intuitive, furthermore I doubt most six years olds are fully aware of logic behind their reasoning, they wouldn't be able to mount a defence to any objections for example.
Our intuition was shaped by evolutionary influences - I wouldn't count it as a point in teleology's favour. As an explanation of natural phenomena, I think it is naïve.
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