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analogy - Usage of the terms source and target, Models and theories of analogy

mechanism universe

A type of inference whose form is ‘because x is like y in some respects it will be in other respects’. Analogy can be suggestive, and sometimes works, but it is not a deductive proof. The argument from analogy for the existence of God, popular in the 18th-c and 19th-c, maintained that the universe is like a mechanism; therefore just as a mechanism requires a maker, so does the universe.

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