Volume 19, Issue 2, Autumn 2014
Can Causal Chains Extend Back Infinitely? Entailment, Determinism, and a Cosmological Argument
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.