The Fine-Tuning Argument and the Problem of Poor Design

Philosophia 43 (2):411-426 (2015)
Jimmy Alfonso Licon
University of Maryland, College Park
My purpose, in this paper, is to defend the claim that the fine-tuning argument suffers from the poor design worry. Simply put, the worry is this: if God created the universe, specifically with the purpose of bringing about moral agents, we would antecedently predict that the universe and the laws of nature, taken as a whole, would be well-equipped to do just that. However, in light of how rare a life-permitting universe is, compared to all the ways the universe might be have been life-prohibiting given the laws of physics, strongly suggests that the universe was poorly designed for that purpose. This casts doubt on the claim that God has much to do with designing the universe. First, I introduce the fine-tuning argument, and second, I explain and defend the poor design worry against objections that, while apparently compelling, I argue are misleading
Keywords Fine-tuning  Poor design  Antecedent improbability
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-014-9576-0
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