An examination of the fine-tuning argument within an evolutionary philosophy of cosmology.

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Why are the laws of nature as they are? Tackling such an age-old metaphysical question today, we have to take into account the results of modern cosmology. Many arguments, the so called fine-tuning arguments, have been made that if the parameters of physics would have been just slightly different, life couldn't have appeared. What are the reasons for these fine-tuned values? We can distinguish four directions to search in. A promising one that we will focus on is the original attempt of the astrophysicist Lee Smolin, who, motivated by a biological analogy, tries to explain the fine-tuning of the laws of physics by a process of natural selection. Going a little further from his theory, we may expect a deep link between man (or intelligence) and the cosmos. This link suggests the possibility of an integrated evolutionary view of the universe and our place in it.
Effective start/end date1/10/0730/09/08

Flemish discipline codes

  • Philosophy, ethics and religious studies


  • philospohy