El argumento de diseño y la quinta vía de Santo Tomás

Alberto Barbés

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/SetF.2015.017


The argument from design and Aquinas’ fifth way

In scientific literature it is common to make equivalence between the so-called argument from design and the fifth way of Thomas Aquinas. It is commonly assumed that both demonstrations for the existence of God are based on the concept of finality to proof the need for an intelligent being capable of causing order in nature. However, we think that the differences between the two arguments have great significance: each of them have as starting point a different type of order, are based on a different kind of finality, and the way in which they use the principle of causality is also different. We believe that such differences permit us to say that the two arguments are not at all comparable and may even be seen as opposite arguments.


fifth way; argument from design; finality; natural order; science; Intelligent Design

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