Fishnets, Firing Squads, and Fine-Tuning (Again): How Likelihood Arguments Undermine Elliot Sober's Weak Anthropic Principles

Philosophia Christi 12 (1):160 - 178 (2010)
Abstract
Elliot Sober has recently attempted to reformulate and defend a standard objection to fine-tuning arguments, the objection from the "weak anthropic principle". The key to his reformulated defense is his likelihoodist epistemology conjoined to a well-known "fishnet analogy". Although recent rebuttals from Weisberg and Monton fall short of exposing the flaws in Sober’s objection, I show that Sober’s likelihoodist epistemology and analogy serve instead to undermine weak anthropic principles and objections based upon them
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,798
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Firing Squads and Fine-Tuning: Sober on the Design Argument.Jonathan Weisberg - 2005 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 56 (4):809-821.
The Fine-Tuning Argument.Neil A. Manson - 2009 - Philosophy Compass 4 (1):271-286.
Copernicus, Kant, and the Anthropic Cosmological Principles.S. Roush - 2003 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 34 (1):5-35.
Selection Biases in Likelihood Arguments.M. Kotzen - 2012 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 63 (4):825-839.
Indifference Principle and Anthropic Principle in Cosmology.Ernan McMullin - 1993 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 24 (3):359-389.
Barrow and Tipler on the Anthropic Principle Vs. Divine Design.William Lane Craig - 1988 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 39 (3):389-395.
The Anthropic Principle: A Primer for Philosophers.Frank J. Tipler - 1988 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1988:27 - 48.
There is No Adequate Definition of ?Fine-Tuned for Life?Neil A. Manson - 2000 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 43 (3):341 – 351.
Added to PP index
2012-06-17

Total downloads
0

Recent downloads (6 months)
0

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
My notes
Sign in to use this feature