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Atheistic teleology

Shalkowski, S.A. (2001) Atheistic teleology. Croatian Journal of Philosophy, 1 (1). pp. 5-19. ISSN 1333-1108

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Wesley Salmon and Michael Martin argue that scientific considerations about the order in the universe justify atheism. After sketching Salmon’s argument, I examine the nature of begging the question and argue that Martin takes a sufficient condition of that fallacy to be a necessary condition. After a pragmatic account to the fallacy is recommended, I point out how Salmon’s and Martin’s beg the question against all save those who already adhere to atheism and that the crucial considerations that they take to be distinctly scientific are really extra-scientific considerations, giving a specious impression that they are uncontroversial to all who accept mainstream science.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2001 Kruzak-D
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2004
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 23:18
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/205

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