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Cosmological Arguments

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Part of Elements in the Philosophy of Religion

  • Date Published: September 2018
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  • The Element discusses the structure, content, and evaluation of cosmological arguments. The introductory section investigates features essential to cosmological arguments. Traditionally, cosmological arguments are distinguished by their appeal to change, causation, contingency or objective becoming in the world. But none of these is in fact essential to the formulation of cosmological arguments. Sections 1-3 present a critical discussion of traditional Thomistic, Kalam, and Leibnizian cosmological arguments, noting various advantages and disadvantages of these approaches. Section 4 offers an entirely new approach to the cosmological argument - the approach of theistic modal realism. The proper explananda of cosmological arguments on this approach is not change, causation, contingency or objective becoming in the world. The proper explananda is the totality of metaphysical reality - all actualia and all possibilia. The result is the most compelling and least objectionable version of the cosmological argument.

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    • Date Published: September 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108615945
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
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    Michael Almeida, University of Texas, San Antonio

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