With regards to William Paley's watch-maker analogy/argument, what main points did this philosopher intend to convey?
-What reasons or explanations does Paley offer to support his main points?
-What is the importance of A View of the Evidences of Christianity?
-What school of thought or world view is he categorized as representing?
-How would you describe the philosopher’s writing style?
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Paley's central argument about the "making/maker" of the universe is one of implication: if an analogous situation can imply the existence of a "maker," then a maker can be implied for the universe as well.
If seeing a well crafted watch allows us to correctly imply that behind the watch lies a gifted watchmaker, then observation of a well crafted universe allows us to correctly imply that behind the universe lies a gifted universe-maker.
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