Analysis 72 (4):707-714 (2012)

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Jonathan Weisberg
University of Toronto, Mississauga
Abstract
I argue that the rationale behind the fine-tuning argument for design is self-undermining, refuting the argument’s own premise that fine-tuning is to be expected given design. In (Weisberg 2010) I argued on informal grounds that this premise is unsupported. White (2011) countered that it can be derived from three plausible assumptions. But White’s third assumption is based on a fallacious rationale, and is even objectionable by the design theorist’s own lights. The argument that shows this, the argument from divine indifference, simultaneously exposes the fine-tuning argument’s self-undermining character. The same argument also answers Bradley’s (forthcoming) reply to my earlier objection.
Keywords Fine-Tuning  Cosmology  God  Probability
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DOI 10.1093/analys/ans113
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