Are Design Beliefs Safe?

H.M.R.A. van Eyghen

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Abstract

Recently, Del Ratzsch proposed a new version of the design argument. He argues that belief in a designer is often formed non-inferentially, much like perceptual beliefs, rather than formed by explicit reasoning. Ratzsch traces his argument back to Thomas Reid (1710-1796) who argues that beliefs formed in this way are also justified. In this paper, I investigate whether design beliefs that are formed in this way can be regarded as knowledge. For this purpose, I look closer to recent scientific study of how design beliefs are formed. I argue that the science strongly suggest that people easily form false beliefs. As a result, design beliefs can only constitute knowledge if subjects have additional reasons or evidence for design.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8(1)
Pages (from-to)75-83
JournalStudia Humana
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Keywords

  • Safety condition for knowledge
  • epistemology
  • cognitive science of religion

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van Eyghen, H. M. R. A. (2019). Are Design Beliefs Safe? Studia Humana, 8(1), 75-83. [8(1)]. https://doi.org/10.2478/sh-2019-0005
van Eyghen, H.M.R.A. / Are Design Beliefs Safe?. In: Studia Humana. 2019 ; Vol. 8, No. 1. pp. 75-83.
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