Travis Dumsday

Can Causal Chains Extend Back Infinitely?
Entailment, Determinism, and a Cosmological Argument

Article
19/2 - Fall 2014, pages 193–208
Date of online publication: 28 mai 2015
Date of publication: 30 mai 2015

Abstract

I develop a new argument to the effect that past causal chains cannot extend back infinitely, but must instead terminate in a first uncaused cause (or causes). It has the advantage of sidestepping a historically prominent objection to cosmological arguments of this general type, one leveled by Aquinas and various other Scholastics.

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Dumsday, Travis. “Can Causal Chains Extend Back Infinitely? Entailment, Determinism, and a Cosmological Argument.” Forum Philosophicum 19, no. 2 (2014): 193–208. doi:10.5840/forphil20141922.

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