Motives Still Don't Matter: Reply to Pynes

Zygon 47 (4):662-665 (2012)
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Abstract

This paper continues a dialogue that began with an article by Jeffrey Koperski entitled “Two Bad Ways to Attack Intelligent Design and Two Good Ones,” published in the June 2008 issue of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. In a response article, Christopher Pynes argues that ad hominem arguments are sometimes legitimate, especially when critiquing Intelligent Design (2012). We show that Pynes’s examples only apply to matters of testimony, not the kinds of arguments found in the best defenses of ID.

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Andres Ruiz
Ohio University
Jeffrey Koperski
Saginaw Valley State University

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