Title

The argument from order

Date of Award

1998

Availability

Article

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department

Philosophy

First Committee Member

Edward Erwin, Committee Chair

Abstract

My purpose is to prove two related claims, or at least advance their plausibility considerably. The first is that regularities associated with basic laws of nature have a reason. The second is that the ultimate reason for these regularities is the act of an Intelligence. I advance these claims by means of an original argument, called "the Argument from Order."In the course of this argument, I identify and partially analyze the notion of a reason that I have in mind; show that there are such reasons; show that our intuitions about the presence of such reasons are reliable; and show that proposed ultimate reasons for basic law-associated regularities other than the act of an Intelligence are inadequate.

Keywords

Religion, Philosophy of; Philosophy

Link to Full Text

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