The weak anthropic principle and the design argument

Zygon 31 (1):115-130 (1996)
The design argument for God’s existence was critically assessed when in the growth of modern science the cognitive value of teleological categories was called into question. In recent discussions dealing with anthropic principles there has appeared a new version of the design argument, in which cosmic design is described without the use of teleological terms. The weak anthropic principle (WAP), a most critical version of all these principles, describes the fine-tuning of physical parameters necessary to the genesis of carbon-based life. Consequently, a new version of the philosophical design argument can be developed on the basis of the weak anthropic principle.(edited)
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9744.1996.tb00014.x
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