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- adj. Relating to physicotheology.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to physics and theology, or to physicotheology.
We come finally to the physicotheological proof, which argues from the particular constitution of the world, specifically its beauty, order, and purposiveness, to the necessary existence of an intelligent cause (God).
Since, according to Kant, the ontological argument fails, so does the physicotheological one.
In this, the physicotheological argument's emphasis on the purposiveness and systematic unity of nature illuminates an assumption that Kant takes to be essential to our endeavors in the natural sciences.
Indeed, according to Kant, the physicotheological proof could never, given its empirical starting point, establish the existence of a highest being by itself alone, and must rely on the ontological argument at crucial stages
If the ontological argument seeks to move from the concept of the ens realissimum to the concept of an absolutely necessary being, both the cosmological and physicotheological proofs move in the opposite direction.
Linnaean taxonomy refers to the taxonomic system developed in the physicotheological system in which nature was viewed as another testament of