Problems with the argument from fine tuning

Colyvan, Mark, Garfield, Jay L. and Priest, Graham (2005) Problems with the argument from fine tuning. Synthese, 145 3: 325-338. doi:10.1007/s11229-005-6195-0

Author Colyvan, Mark
Garfield, Jay L.
Priest, Graham
Title Problems with the argument from fine tuning
Journal name Synthese   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0039-7857
Publication date 2005-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11229-005-6195-0
Volume 145
Issue 3
Start page 325
End page 338
Total pages 14
Editor V. F. Hendricks
J. Symons
J. F. A. K. van Benthem
Place of publication Dordrecht , The Netherlands
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
230201 Probability Theory
440105 History of Philosophy and History of Ideas
440102 Epistemology
Abstract The argument from fine tuning is supposed to establish the existence of God from the fact that the evolution of carbon-based life requires the laws of physics and the boundary conditions of the universe to be more or less as they are. We demonstrate that this argument fails. In particular, we focus on problems associated with the role probabilities play in the argument. We show that, even granting the fine tuning of the universe, it does not follow that the universe is improbable, thus no explanation of the fine tuning, theistic or otherwise, is required.
Keyword History & Philosophy Of Science
Anthropic Principle
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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