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Philosophia Christi

Volume 12, Issue 1, 2010

Troy Nunley
Pages 160-178

Fishnets, Firing Squads, and Fine-Tuning (Again)
How Likelihood Arguments Undermine Elliot Sober’s Weak Anthropic Principles

Elliot Sober has recently attempted to reformulate and defend a standard objection to fine-tuning arguments, the objection from the “weak anthropic principle.” The key to his reformulated defense is his likelihoodist epistemology conjoined to a well-known “fishnet analogy.” Although recent rebuttals from Weisberg and Monton fall short of exposing the flaws in Sober’s objection, I show that Sober’s likelihoodist epistemology and analogy serve instead to undermine weak anthropic principles and objections based upon them.

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