Title

The argument from order

Date of Award

1998

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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

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