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Citation Information for “David Hume, ‘Design Argument: Critique’”

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“The Design Argument is not dead, because the state of opinion in the biological field is not unfavorable to the conclusion that intelligent Purpose is at the heart of the universe; because the study of chemistry and physics leads to a biocentric, and the study of ethics and æsthetics leads to an anthropocentric view of the world; and because no halfway house has as yet been found between the ultimate theories of chance and purpose. It is not likely to die because, in the words of Kant, ‘it gives life to the study of nature, deriving its own existence from it, and thus constantly acquiring new vigor.’” William Hallock Johnson, &rlquo;Is the Design Argument Dead?” Harvard Theological Review (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1919), Vol. XII, No. 1, 328.

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