Locke, John (1632–1704)
Locke supported the nonanthropocentric teleological argument of pluralism, popular in the Age of Enlightenment, that God created other worlds for the benefit of their inhabitants rather than that of man:1
It is more suitable to the wisdom, power, and greatness of God to think that the fixed stars are all of them suns, with systems of inhabitable planets moving about them, to whose inhabitants he displays the marks of his goodness as well as to us; rather than to imagine that these very remote bodies, so little useful to us, were made only for our own sake.
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