Disputes over ID are often fruitless, not least because most critics (and often many advocates), of the theory, devote an inordinate amount of time to addressing socio-political issues and the mere categorisation of ID. Critics guilty of this offence seem … Continue reading
Elliott Sober is a highly respected professor of philosphy at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His main fields of interest are philosophy of science and philosophy of biology.
Sober has interacted quite a bit with ID theorists, and has published several interesting papers and books advancing his take on ID and evolution. To my mind he is a very thoughtful critic, whose responses to ID present quite a strong challenge. That being said, I think design advocates have also done a good job at replying to Sober’s criticisms. Sober’s output is pretty vast so in this post I have only link to his published works related to evolution and ID:
(Sober’s papers directly related to ID can be found at the bottom of his page)
Popper’s Shifting Appraisal of Evolutionary Theory-(with Mehmet Elgin
William Dembski responds to Sober in:
-No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased Without Intelligence (Roman & Littlefield, 2002) in chapter 2: Another Way to Detect Design?
-The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design (Inter-Varsity Press, 2004) at various points.
Bradley Monton Responds to Sober on p.42-46 of Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design (Broadview Press, 2009)
David Reuben Stone responds to Sober in The Loftus Delusion: Why Atheism Fails and Messianic Israelism Prevails (2010) in chapter one ‘Intelligent Design and Modus Tollens’.
(Papers & Articles)
Firing Squads and Fine Tuning: Sober on the Design Argument-Jonathan Weisberg
Sober on Intelligent Design and the Intelligent Designer-John Beaudoin
Another Way to Detect Design? A Preliminary Reply-William Dembski
Another Way to Detect Design? Lecture Notes-William Dembski
Elliott Sober’s Independent Evidence Requirement for Design– William Dembski
Sober’s “Progenic Fallacy”-William Dembski
Elliott Sober, Alvin Plantinga and the Design Argument-Graham Veale & David Glass
On the Logic of Evolution and the Vanity of Scientism-Thomas E. Elliott
Epistemology, Miracles, and the God Who Speaks-Lydia McGrew
Historical Inquiry-Lydia McGrew
Testability, Likelihoods, and Design -Lydia McGrew
On Likelihoodism and Intelligent Design-Sebastian Lutz
Where the Design Argument Goes Wrong: Auxiliary Assumptions and Unification–Maarten Boudry & Bert Leuridan
Deconstructing Sober-Dave S
Sober Analysis-Logan Gage
Cornelius Hunter’s Blogposts on Sober
Nagel and his critics, Part III-Edward Feser
Elliott Sober: Confusing Religion and Philosophy-Jeremy Pierce
Sober on ID being Inherently Supernatural-Bradley Monton