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Atheistic teleology

By S.A. Shalkowski

Abstract

Wesley Salmon and Michael Martin argue that scientific considerations about the\ud order in the universe justify atheism. After sketching Salmon’s argument, I examine\ud the nature of begging the question and argue that Martin takes a sufficient condition\ud of that fallacy to be a necessary condition. After a pragmatic account to the fallacy\ud is recommended, I point out how Salmon’s and Martin’s beg the question against all\ud save those who already adhere to atheism and that the crucial considerations that\ud they take to be distinctly scientific are really extra-scientific considerations, giving\ud a specious impression that they are uncontroversial to all who accept mainstream\ud science

Year: 2001
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:205

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