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Strengths and weaknesses of aquinas fifth way
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Strengths and weaknesses of aquinas fifth way
Basically:
Empirical argument:
Posteriori premise - we see creatures exhibit beneficial behaviour. It is universally available - all you have to do is observe nature that so premise 1 is true
Valid structure:
Argument has valid structure - if premise is true, one should accept 1st part of conclusion

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Purpose does not need a designer:
Can find a false premise in the argument, even with valid structure, we are not forced to accept conclusion. May attack premise 3 - Darwin's theory of evolution as science has shown purpose without concept of God
The inductive leap is not warranted:
Even if Aquinas right in saying world was designed, this does not give logical reason to accept that it's God of classical theism
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basically:
empirical argument:
posteriori premise - we see creatures exhibit beneficial behaviour. It is universally available - all you have to do is observe nature that so premise 1 is true
valid structure:
argument has valid structure - if premise is true, one should accept 1st part of conclusion

but

purpose does not need a designer:
can find a false premise in the argument, even with valid structure, we are not forced to accept conclusion. May attack premise 3 - darwin's theory of evolution as science has shown purpose without concept of god
the inductive leap is not warranted:
even if aquinas right in saying world was designed, this does not give logical reason to accept that it's god of classical theism
thank you!
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