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Teleological Argument

AO1 - Explain how the teleological argument attempts to prove that god is the designer of the universe?

The design argument is also referred to at the Teleological Argument stemmed from the Greek work ‘Telos’ meaning end or purpose. It is an ‘A posterior’ argument (from experience) based on our empirical senses and it is synthetic meaning that it is from observation. The argument is also inductive meaning there a number of possible conclusions. The main basis of the Teleological argument is based on a designer commonly known as ‘the classical God of theism’ The design argument is also referred to at the Teleological Argument stemmed from the Greek work ‘Telos’ meaning end or purpose. It is an ‘A posterior’ argument (from experience) based on our empirical senses and it is synthetic meaning that it is from observation. The argument is also inductive meaning there a number of possible conclusions. The main basis of the Teleological argument is based on a designer commonly known as ‘the classical God of theism’

The theory of the Design argument was first put forward by Socrates who was a Greek Philosopher who lived in 400 BC. He held that the adaption of human parts to one another, such as eyelids which close to protect the eyeballs, this could not of been down to chance as it was a sign of wide planning, just like the universe. However, Socrates did not write any of his works down in books, instead he passed this through the work of his students. His student Plato (428 – 348 BC) further argued that cosmic craftsmen might have brought together the materials of the universe in order for it to be orderly and beautiful. Aristotle (384 – 322 BC), a student of Plato, developed the idea of a creator of the cosmos, who set the world in motion in his work ‘metaphysics’. Aristotle argued that all nature reflects inherent, purposiveness and direction. Thousands or years later Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274 AD) stated that through his famous...
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