Critique of the Design Argument by David Hume

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Examine Hume's criticism of the Argument From Design. Are his objections decisive essay needs to show good knowledge and understanding of the issues. Substantial evidence of independent thought and judgment, with arguments which are clearly presented and well structured.


This argument, however, was dismantled when David Hume presented his criticism of the Argument of Design. Hume's propositions against the design contentions have sparked further heated debates on the subject of god's existence for many centuries (Gaskin 1993). Until now, Hume's arguments persist and many still attempt to dispute his assertions which can be considered acute and decisive as until recently, no one has put forward a more vigorous dispute to contest the claim.
In his treatise "Critique of the Design Argument", presented in his book Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, David Hume introduced a discourse between two characters, Cleanthes and Philo. Cleanthes brings Philo's attention to the world around them stating that the world is but one great machine, with its tiniest parts attuned to each other and with accuracy worthy of admiration and contemplation (Gaskin 1993). Cleanthes further adds that the creator, although of 'larger faculties', is analogous to the minds of men which the 'designer' created as they possess wisdom and intelligence (Swinburne 1991)
This argument, Cleanthes believes, 'proves the existence of a Deity'. Philo responds using the house and the universe as analogy and asserts that the universe does not manifest relationship to a house, as this analogy is imperfect, and there are many difficulties and mysteries which we fail to clarify in the works of nature. ...
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