Design Disquisitions: Design & the Problem of Intelligibility
|June 16, 2017||Posted by Joshua G under Back to Basics of ID, Complex Specified Information, Design inference, ID, Intelligent Design, Philosophy, Science|
Many critics of intelligent design argue that not only is ID false (or at least unscientific), but that it is basically meaningless. Such lines of criticism come from philosophers such as Sahotra Sarkar and Elliott Sober. They argue that the general concepts that are assumed in ID discussions like ‘design’ and ‘intelligence’ are too primitive and vague to be of any use in a coherent scientific theory. Sarkar in particular claims that ID’s concepts can only be propped up by using analogies inherited by the natural theological tradition, and so cannot be formulated in a non-theological/scientific manner. In this article I have attempted to take a good stab at this objection. Though this article is quite in-depth, it is actually a shorter version of a more detailed document I’m working on that deals with the objection in further detail. Let me know how you would respond to this objection.