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Forum Philosophicum

Volume 19, Issue 2, Autumn 2014

Travis Dumsday
Pages 193-208
DOI: 10.5840/forphil20141922

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.