Eric Desjardins
University of Western Ontario
Turning Points by Kostas Kampourakis offers a view of human life that is opposed to teleological reasoning, or more precisely to the tendency to infer design and grounds for faith while observing and explaining human life. While this common theme in the history of philosophy of science has mostly been related to Natural Theology, Kampourakis’s arguments against the “design stance” go beyond the idea that the appearance of design implies the existence of an intelligent Being responsible for the presence of life on Earth. The case opens with the idea that the design stance is something pervasive in our species from a very young age. It is not as strong as an instinct, but the design stance exists as a default setting for humans when they are interpreting natural phenomena.
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