> "Why we must kill God"
Kill the God of Spinoza?
Kill Venus - Aphrodite?
Very difficult tasks.
Replacing Gods with Chaitin's numbers?
Delete also the Omega-deity of Teilhard?
Aristotle already pointed out very
interesting things about these issues.
Further, where a series has a completion (telos),
all the preceding steps are for the sake of that.
Now surely as in intelligent action, so in nature;
and as in nature, so it is in each action,
if nothing interferes. Now intelligent action is
for the sake of an end; therefore the nature of things
also is so. Thus if a house, e.g. had been a thing
made by nature, it would have been made in the same way
as it is now by art (techne); and if things made by nature
were made also by art, they would come to be in the same
way as by nature. Each step then in the series is for
the sake of the next; and generally art partly completes
what nature cannot bring to a finish, and partly imitates
her. If, therefore, artificial products are for the sake
of an end, so clearly also are natural products.
The relation of the later to the earlier terms of
the series is the same in both.
- Aristotle, Phys. II, 8
And the science which knows to what end each
thing must be done is the most authoritative
of the sciences, and more authoritative than
any ancillary science; and this end is the good
of that thing, and in general the supreme good
in the whole of nature. Judged by all the tests
we have mentioned, then, the name in question falls
to the same science; this must be a science that
investigates the first principles and causes;
for the good, i.e. the end, is one of the causes.
- Aristotle, Metaph. 1, 2.
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