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  1. added 2018-11-21
    Critical Notice: Mind and Cosmos.David Yates - 2013 - Analysis 73 (4):801-806.
    A critical assessment of Thomas Nagel's book, Mind and Cosmos, drawing out two independent notions of intelligibility, between which I argue Nagel equivocates in his central arguments.
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    The Design Revolution: Answering the Tough Questions About Intelligent Design. [REVIEW]Jeffrey Koperski - 2004 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 78 (4):674-679.
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  3. added 2018-09-03
    Intelligent Design and the End of Science.Jeffrey Koperski - 2003 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 77 (4):569-590.
    In his recent anthology, Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics, Robert Pennock continues his attack on what he considers to be the pseudoscience of Intelligent Design Theory. In this critical review, I discuss the main issues in the debate. Although the volume’s rhetoric is often heavy and the articles are intentionally stacked against Intelligent Design, it touches upon many interesting topics in the philosophy of science. I conclude that, contra Pennock, there is nothing intrinsically unscientific about Intelligent Design. At this (...)
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  4. added 2018-07-28
    Darwinismus a formy kreacionismu.Tomas Hribek - 2011 - In Vladimir Havlik & Tomas Hribek (eds.), Z evolučního hlediska: Pojem evoluce v současné filosofii. Praha, Česko: pp. 21-73.
    [Darwinism and the Forms of Creationism].
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  5. added 2018-04-06
    Arguments For and Against the Existence of God.Daniel Keeran - 2018
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  6. added 2018-02-18
    A Simple Argument Against Design: Dan Moller.Dan Moller - 2011 - Religious Studies 47 (4):513-520.
    This paper presents a simple argument against life being the product of design. The argument rests on three points. We can conceive of the debate in terms of likelihoods, in the technical sense – how probable the design hypothesis renders our evidence, versus how probable the competing Darwinian hypothesis renders that evidence. God, as traditionally conceived, had many more options by which to bring about life as we observe it than were available to natural selection. That is, the relevant parameters (...)
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  7. added 2018-02-18
    The Science Question in Intelligent Design.Sahotra Sarkar - 2011 - Synthese 178 (2):291-305.
    Intelligent Design creationism is often criticized for failing to be science because it falls afoul of some demarcation criterion between science and non-science. This paper argues that this objection to Intelligent Design is misplaced because it assumes that a consistent non-theological characterization of Intelligent Design is possible. In contrast, it argues that, if Intelligent Design is taken to be non-theological doctrine, it is not intelligible. Consequently, a demarcation criterion cannot be used to judge its status. This position has the added (...)
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  8. added 2018-02-16
    The Salem Region: Two Mindsets About Science.John S. Wilkins - 2013 - In Massimo Pigliucci & Maarten Boudry (eds.), Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem. University of Chicago Press. pp. 397.
    This chapter distinguishes between two mindsets about science—the deductivist mindset and inductivist mindset—and explores the cognitive styles relating to authority and tradition in both science and pseudoscience. The deductivist tends to see problems as questions to be resolved by deduction from known theory or principle. The inductivist sees problems as questions to be resolved by discovery. Those leaning towards a deductivist mindset may find results that conflict with prior theoretical commitments unacceptable. The deductivist tends to be a cognitive conservative, and (...)
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  9. added 2017-10-07
    Reconsidering the Place of Teleological Arguments for the Existence of God in the Light of the ID/Evolution Controversy.James Dominic Rooney - 2009 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 83:227 - 240.
    Prompted by questions raised in the public arena concerning the validity of arguments for the existence of God based on "design" in the universe, I explore traditional teleological argument for the existence of God. Using the arguments offered by Thomas Aquinas as fairly representative of this classical line of argumentation going back to Aristotle, I attempt to uncover the hidden premises and construct arguments for the existence of God which are deductive in nature. To justify the premises of Aquinas’s argument, (...)
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  10. added 2017-08-02
    William Paley.Logan Paul Gage - 2017 - In Paul Copan, I. I. I. Tremper Longman, Christopher L. Reese & Michael G. Strauss (eds.), Dictionary of Christianity and Science: The Definitive Reference for the Intersection of Christian Faith and Contemporary Science. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Academic. pp. 500.
  11. added 2017-05-15
    Rebuttal to Reports by Opposing Expert Witnesses.William Dembski - manuscript
    2.1 The Myth of Religious Neutrality ………………..………..………………… 2 2.2 ID and Creationism …………………………………………………………… 7 2.3 Methodological Materialism ……………………………….………………… 9 2.4 ID’s Contribution to Science ……………………………..………………… 13 3 Robert Pennock ………………...…..………………………….……..…………….. 17 4 John Haught ………………………………………………….……..…..………….. 23 5 Kevin Padian …………………………………………………..…….…..………….. 27 6 Kenneth Miller …………...……………………………………………..………….. 34..
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  12. added 2017-05-05
    Paley's Argument for Design.Graham Oppy - 2002 - Philo 5 (2):161-173.
    The main aim of this paper is to examine an almost universal assumption concerning the structure of Paley’s argument for design. Almost all commentators suppose that Paley’s argument is an inductive argument---either an argument by analogy or an argument by inference to the best explanation. I contend, on the contrary, that Paley’s argument is actually a straightforwardly deductive argument. Moreover, I argue that, when Paley’s argument is properly understood, it can readily be seen that it is no good. Finally---although I (...)
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  13. added 2017-03-17
    Nature's Destiny By Michael J. Denton.Michael J. Behe - 1999 - Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 43 (1):151-153.
  14. added 2017-03-09
    Hylomorphism and Design: A Reconsideration of Aquinas’s Fifth Way.John Kronen & Sandra Menssen - 2012 - Modern Schoolman 89 (3/4):155-180.
    Aquinas’s Fifth Way is usually taken to be an adumbration of Paley-like design arguments. Paley-like design arguments have fallen on hard times over the past few centuries, and most contemporary defenders of design arguments in support of theism favor some version of the fine-tuning argument. But fine-tuning designarguments, like Paley’s design argument, are consistent with atomism. And all such arguments are vulnerable to the objection that, given a long enough stretch of time and a sufficient number of universes, there would (...)
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  15. added 2017-01-17
    The Panda’s Black Box: Opening Up the Intelligent Design Controversy Edited by Nathaniel C. Comfort. [REVIEW]W. Malcolm Byrnes - 2008 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 8 (2):385-387.
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  16. added 2017-01-16
    What Would Thomas Aquinas Say About Intelligent Design?Marie George - 2013 - New Blackfriars 94 (1054):676-700.
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  17. added 2017-01-15
    Nagel and Intelligent Design.Reginald Williams - 2010 - Think 9 (26):37-42.
    Thomas Nagel has recently discussed whether intelligent design theory is scientific and should be taught in public schools alongside the theory of evolution. Nagel writes: I do not regard divine intervention as a possibility, even though I have no other candidates. Yet I recognize that this is because of an aspect of my overall worldview that does not rest on empirical grounds or any other kind of rational grounds…. [S]omeone who can offer serious scientific reasons to doubt the adequacy of (...)
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  18. added 2017-01-13
    Can Intelligent Design Become Respectable?Kelly C. Smith - 2001 - Reports of the National Center for Science Education 20 (4):40-43.
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  19. added 2016-12-08
    New Design Arguments: Old Millian Objections.David B. Myers - 2000 - Religious Studies 36 (2):141-162.
    An increasing number of natural scientists are doubling as natural theologians. I critically examine two recent defences of the design argument by biologists: "Darwin's Black Box" by Michael Behe and "Nature's Destiny" by Michael Denton. Each claims that recent findings in biology provide new evidence for belief in a supernatural designer. For the sake of argument, I grant both the validity and soundness of their arguments. What I then try to show is that even if we grant that the new (...)
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  20. added 2016-10-21
    Review of Adapting Minds Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature by Buller (2006).Michael Starks - 2017 - Philosophy, Human Nature and the Collapse of Civilization Michael Starks 3rd Ed. (2017).
    I bought this thinking anything from Bradford books and MIT must be good. Instead it's a boring, stupid, incompetent, antiscientific and antirational piece of closet creationist trash. Heads should roll at Bradford for this atrocity! If you must then start by reading the last chapter first as he conceals a frank statement of his anti-rationality til the end. I made detailed notes on it as I thought it was a serious work of science and was going to do a long (...)
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  21. added 2016-03-16
    A Note on Design: What's Fine-Tuning Got to Do With It?Jonathan Weisberg - 2010 - Analysis 70 (3):431-438.
    We have known for a long time that there is complex, intelligent life. More recently we have discovered that the physics of our universe is fine-tuned so as to allow for the existence of such life. Call these two observations the Old Datum and the New Datum, respectively. Our question here is: once we know the Old Datum, does the New Datum provide additional evidence for the design hypothesis? I argue that it does not. Thus, there is an important sense (...)
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  22. added 2016-02-29
    The Fact of Evolution: Implications for Science Education.James R. Hofmann & Bruce H. Weber - 2003 - Science & Education 12 (8):729-760.
    Creationists who object to evolution in the science curriculum of public schools often cite Jonathan Well’s book Icons of Evolution in their support (Wells 2000). In the third chapter of his book Wells claims that neither paleontological nor molecular evidence supports the thesis that the history of life is an evolutionary process of descent from preexisting ancestors. We argue that Wells inappropriately relies upon ambiguities inherent in the term ‘Darwinian’ and the phrase ‘Darwin’s theory’. Furthermore, he does not accurately distinguish (...)
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  23. added 2016-02-25
    Or We Can Be Philosophers: A Response to Barbara Forrest.Francis J. Beckwith - 2015 - Synthese 192 (S1):1-23.
    This article is a response to Barbara Forrest’ 2011 Synthese article, “On the Non-Epistemology of Intelligent Design.” Forrest offers an account of my philosophical work that consists almost entirely of personal attacks, excursions into my religious pilgrimage, and misunderstandings and misrepresentations of my work as well as of certain philosophical issues. Not surprisingly, the Synthese editors include a disclaimer in the front matter of the special issue in which Forrest’s article was published. In my response, I address three topics: (1) (...)
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  24. added 2016-01-31
    Paley’s Argument Revisited: Reply to Schupbach.Graham Oppy - 2008 - Philosophia Christi 10 (2):443-450.
    This paper is a reply to Jonah Schupbach's critique of a previous paper of mine on Paley's argument for design. (Bibliographical details for earlier publications are available in the paper.).
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  25. added 2016-01-28
    Library: Modern: : Review of R.C. Sproul's Not a Chance. [REVIEW]Graham Oppy - manuscript
    As the chapter headings--and title--reveal, the book is about the role of causation and chance in modern science, and, in particular, in modern cosmology. However, because the book is shot through with serious conceptual confusion, anyone who is interested in actually learning something about the role of causation and chance in modern science is advised to look elsewhere.
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  26. added 2016-01-07
    Life and Consciousness – The Vedāntic View.Bhakti Niskama Shanta - 2015 - Communicative and Integrative Biology 8 (5):e1085138.
    In the past, philosophers, scientists, and even the general opinion, had no problem in accepting the existence of consciousness in the same way as the existence of the physical world. After the advent of Newtonian mechanics, science embraced a complete materialistic conception about reality. Scientists started proposing hypotheses like abiogenesis (origin of first life from accumulation of atoms and molecules) and the Big Bang theory (the explosion theory for explaining the origin of universe). How the universe came to be what (...)
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  27. added 2015-08-26
    An Introduction to Design Arguments.Benjamin C. Jantzen - 2014 - Cambridge University Press.
    The history of design arguments stretches back to before Aquinas, who claimed that things which lack intelligence nevertheless act for an end to achieve the best result. Although science has advanced to discredit this claim, it remains true that many biological systems display remarkable adaptations of means to ends. Versions of design arguments have persisted over the centuries and have culminated in theories that propose an intelligent designer of the universe. This volume is the only comprehensive survey of 2,000 years (...)
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  28. added 2015-04-25
    Productive Evolution.Jude P. Dougherty - 2011 - Review of Metaphysics 65 (2):443-444.
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  29. added 2015-04-11
    From Aristotle’s Teleology to Darwin’s Genealogy: The Stamp of Inutility, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 (Pdf: Contents, Introduction).Marco Solinas - 2015 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
    Starting with Aristotle and moving on to Darwin, Marco Solinas outlines the basic steps from the birth, establishment and later rebirth of the traditional view of living beings, and its overturning by evolutionary revolution. The classic framework devised by Aristotle was still dominant in the 17th Century world of Galileo, Harvey and Ray, and remained hegemonic until the time of Lamarck and Cuvier in the 19th Century. Darwin's breakthrough thus takes on the dimensions of an abandonment of the traditional finalistic (...)
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  30. added 2015-04-05
    Intelligent Design as Illusion.Stewart Guthrie - 2006 - Free Inquiry 26:40-44.
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  31. added 2015-04-05
    Pitfalls in the Intelligent Design Debate.Peter Coghlan - 2005 - Ethics Education 11 (2).
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    Philosophy and Intelligent Design.Peter Drum - 2005 - Ethics Education 11 (2).
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  33. added 2015-03-28
    Philosophers to the Rescue? The Failed Attempt to Defend the Inclusion of Intelligent Design in Public Schools.Jay Sloan-Lynch - 2010 - Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly 30 (1/2):18-23.
    Philosophers have argued convincingly that Intelligent Design cannot simply be defined out of classrooms as nonscience. But the move from the conclusion that intelligent design is not nonscience to the conclusion that it is legitimate to teach it in public schools is deeply mistaken.
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  34. added 2015-03-28
    Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design. [REVIEW]Stanley Salthe - 2009 - Philosophy Pathways 146.
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  35. added 2015-03-27
    The Problem Of Religious Nature Of Intelligent Design Theory.Dariusz Sagan - 2011 - Studia Philosophica Wratislaviensia 6 (4):55-74.
    Intelligent design theory claims that certain biological and cosmic phenomena point to the activity of some unspecified intelligent being behind them and that it is a fully scientific conclusion. Critics often respond that, in fact, intelligent design is a religious idea because the real agenda of proponents of the theory is to reintroduce supernatural, Christian beliefs into science, public education, and other domains of western culture. In other words, it is said that the source of inspiration for the theory reveals (...)
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  36. added 2015-03-26
    New Arguments for 'Intelligent Design'? Review Article on William A. Dembski, Being as Communion: A Metaphysics of Information. [REVIEW]Philippe Gagnon - 2015 - ESSSAT News and Reviews 25 (1):17-24.
    Critical notice assessing the use of information theory in the attempt to build a design inference, and to re-establish some aspects of the program of natural theology, as carried out in this third major monograph devoted to the subject of intelligent design theory by mathematician and philosopher William A. Dembski, after The Design Inference (1998) and No Free Lunch (2002).
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    Provocations: Whether It’s Right or Wrong, is Intelligent Design Theory Scientific?Michael Labossiere - 2005 - The Philosophers' Magazine 30:28-28.
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  38. added 2015-03-25
    In the Beginning: And Other Essays on Intelligent Design.Granville Sewell - 2010 - Discovery Institute Press.
    In this wide-ranging collection of essays on origins, mathematician Granville Sewell looks at the big bang, the fine-tuning of the laws of physics, and the evolution of life. He concludes that while there is much in the history of life that seems to suggest natural causes, there is nothing to support Charles Darwin’s idea that natural selection of random mutations can explain major evolutionary advances. Sewell explains why evolution is a fundamentally different and much more difficult problem than others solved (...)
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  39. added 2015-03-24
    Epistemic Framework of Intelligent Design Theory.K. Jodkowski - 2006 - Filozofia Nauki 14 (1 (53)):95-105.
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  40. added 2015-03-23
    Creation Science Lite:" Intelligent Design" as the New Anti-Evolutionism.Eugenie C. Scott - 2007 - In A. J. Petto & L. R. Godfrey (eds.), Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism. Norton. pp. 59--109.
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  41. added 2015-03-23
    Dossier Évolution Et Créationnisme. Intelligent Design Theory.Michael Ruse - 2007 - Natures Sciences Sociétés 15 (3):285-286.
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    Intelligent Design: The Faith That Dare Not Speak its Name.Jerry A. Coyne - 2006 - In John Brockman (ed.), Intelligent Thought: Science Versus the Intelligent Design Movement. Vintage. pp. 272.
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    The Hoax of Intelligent Design and How It Was Perpetrated.Daniel Dennett - 2006 - In John Brockman (ed.), Intelligent Thought: Science Versus the Intelligent Design Movement. Vintage. pp. 33--49.
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    Intelligent Design: The Scientific Alternative to Evolution.William S. Harris & John H. Calvert - 2003 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 3 (3):531-561.
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  45. added 2015-03-23
    The Modern Intelligent Design Hypothesis Breaking Rules.Michael Behe - 2003 - In Neil A. Manson (ed.), Philosophia Christi. Routledge. pp. 277.
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  46. added 2015-03-23
    Intelligent Design Theory, Religion, and the Science Curriculum.Warren A. Nord - 2003 - In John Angus Campbell & Stephen C. Meyer (eds.), Darwinism, Design, and Public Education. Michigan State University Press. pp. 45--58.
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  47. added 2015-03-23
    Robert T. Pennock, Ed., Intelligent Design Creationism and its Critics: Philosophical, Theological and Scientific Perspectives Reviewed By. [REVIEW]Niall Shanks - 2003 - Philosophy in Review 23 (4):270-272.
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    Howard J. Van Till’s “Robust Formational Economy Principle” as a Critique of Intelligent Design Theory.Jay Wesley Richards - 2002 - Philosophia Christi 4 (1):101-112.
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  49. added 2015-03-22
    Challenging Intelligent Design: Reconceptualizing the Discovery Institute From a Communications Perspective.Christine M. Shellska - 2011 - Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism 19 (1):73-92.
    In this analysis I argue that the Discovery Institute, IntelligentDesign’s primary advocate, is more appropriately conceived of as a think-tank, and I attempt to broaden the discussion by identifying issues left unexamined when Intelligent Design is challenged as a scientific theory or treated as a sectarian religion. I propose an analytic framework that can be deployed to provoke controversy about ID by those who seek to protect society from the penetration of religious ideology into secular institutions. Using concepts from Actor (...)
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    Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons: Evolution and Christianity From Darwin to Intelligent Design.Raymond E. Fancher - 2009 - Annals of Science 66 (3):429-431.
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