The Design Argument

This essay presents a version of the argument to/from design for the existence of God. It is very largely inspired by the work of William Dembski (one of the key figures in the intelligent design movement) and attempts to put some of his arguments into my own words.


The paper was written at an early stage of my postgraduate studies at the University of Sheffield, and I now think that it contain several mistakes or at least weak points. The material on fabrications and specifications is especially weak as are the remarks on the interaction of chance and necessity, there are also problems surrounding the argument which attempts to exclude an infinite regress of explanations.


Nevertheless, the paper still seems right in its central thesis: that if the world exhibits specified complexity, this fact cries out for a substantive explanation.