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2014 | 19 | 2 | 193–208
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Can Causal Chains Extend Back Infinitely? Entailment, Determinism, and a Cosmological Argument

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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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19
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2
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193–208
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2014-08-17
accepted
2015-04-17
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