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Jonathan L. Kvanvig

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199603213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603213.001.0001

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Intelligent Design and Selective History: Two Sources of Purpose and Plan

Intelligent Design and Selective History: Two Sources of Purpose and Plan

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(p.67) 5 Intelligent Design and Selective History: Two Sources of Purpose and Plan
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Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 3
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Peter J. Graham (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603213.003.0005

In Warrant and Proper Function and in Knowledge of God, Alvin Plantinga provides an intelligent design argument for the existence of God. Plantina's key premise is that “naturalism” cannot account for the proper functions of natural traits, but God as intelligent designer can. His argument for this premise relies on a thought experiment involving a Hitler-like madman and his henchmen. This chapter criticizes Platinga's thought experiment through careful attention to both intelligent design and natural selection as sources of functions and standards for normal functioning.

Keywords:   functions, God, intelligent design, natural selection, normal functioning, plantinga, proper function

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