Weisberg on Design: What Fine-Tuning's Got to Do with It

Erkenntnis 77 (3):435-438 (2012)
Jonathan Weisberg (2010 ) argues that, given that life exists, the fact that the universe is fine-tuned for life does not confirm the design hypothesis. And if the fact that life exists confirms the design hypothesis, fine-tuning is irrelevant. So either way, fine-tuning has nothing to do with it. I will defend a design argument that survives Weisberg’s critique — the fact that life exists supports the design hypothesis, but it only does so given fine-tuning.
Keywords Fine-tuning  Design Argument  Probability
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DOI 10.1007/s10670-011-9322-y
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