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  1. Quentin Smith, A Cosmological Argument for a Self Caused Universe (2008).
    I intend to argue for the conclusion that the universe, be it infinitely old or finitely old, causes itself. One might object that no such argument could possibly succeed, because the claim that "the universe causes itself" is incoherent. I agree that this claim is incoherent if it is understood to mean that one individual, the universe, causes that same individual to come into existence. No individual can bring about its own existence, because no individual can bring about anything unless (...)
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  2. Quentin Smith, Reference to the Past and Future.
    Tense, and Time , and William Lane Craig’s in The Tensed Theory of Time . Their ontologies differ greatly, however, and (before I discuss their particular ontologies) I shall concentrate at the outset on some general themes of presentism. You can search..
     
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  3. Quentin Smith, Time.
    Philip Turetzky's book TIME presents an exceptionally comprehensive and reliable history of theories of time from the pre-Socratics up to 20th century existentialist thought, Bergsonian theories and even the debate among analytic philosophers about the A and B theories of time (Mellor, Oaklander, Le Poidevin, etc.). He takes the reader up to the You can search..
     
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  4. Quentin Smith, Time and Degrees of Existence: The Big Bang Anthropic Principle Religion Atheism.
    the rise of analytic philosophy early in the 20th century, specifically, with Russell's 1905 article "On Denoting", for in 1904 and earlier years he and G.E. Moore held a sort of Meinongian theory of degrees of existence (subsistence and existence are distinguished, with existence being a higher..
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  5. Quentin Smith, The Incompatibility of Str and the Tensed Theory of Time.
    presentness is a relational property, then this theory is compatible with STR but inconsistent with the tensed theory of time (the theory of objective time flow). But if presentness is a monadic property, the..
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  6. Quentin Smith, Two Ways to Prove Atheism (1996).
    Since the mid 1960s, scientifically informed theists have been ecstatic because of Big bang cosmology. Theists believe the best scientific evidence that God exists is the evidence that the universe began to exist in an explosion about fifteen billion years ago. It began in an explosion called the Big Bang. Theists think it obvious that the universe could not have begun to exist uncaused. They argue that the most reasonable hypothesis is that the cause of the universe is God. This (...)
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  7. Quentin Smith (forthcoming). Reply to Vallicella: Heidegger and Idealism. International Philosophical Quarterly.
    Vallicella argued that Heidegger's idealism is incoherent but that absolute idealism is coherent. I argue the reverse. There is no contradiction in the supposition that Being is dependent upon Dasein, that entities are dependent upon Being, and therefore that all entities are dependent upon Dasein. This may be false, but it is consistent. The absolute idealism of Fichte and the like is incoherent, however, because it supposes that all human minds are but representations in the Absolute Mind, and it is (...)
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  8. Quentin Smith (2009). Max Scheler. In Graham Robert Oppy & Nick Trakakis (eds.), The History of Western Philosophy of Religion. Oxford University Press. 5--79.
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  9. Quentin Smith (2008). A Naturalistic Account of the Universe. In Paul Copan & Chad V. Meister (eds.), Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues. Blackwell Pub..
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  10. Quentin Smith (ed.) (2008). Epistemology: New Essays. Oxford University Press.
    This volume puts together twelve new essays by scholars who have done groundbreaking work in epistemology over the past four decades. Unfortunately, the editor’s brief introduction offers only a sketchy presentation of the papers and their background. Given the variety and complexity of the issues tackled, one would have expected a more detailed account of the nature and developments of the epistemological theories and arguments put forward and discussed by the contributors. The absence of such an account is all the (...)
     
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  11. Quentin Smith (2008). Introduction. In , Epistemology: New Essays. Oxford University Press.
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  12. William Lane Craig & Quentin Smith (2007). Einstein, Relativity, and Absolute Simultaneity. In Michael Beaney (ed.), The Analytic Turn: Analysis in Early Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology. Routledge.
     
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  13. William Lane Craig & Quentin Smith (eds.) (2007). Einstein, Relativity and Absolute Simultaneity. Routledge.
    Einstein, Relativity and Absolute Simultaneity is an anthology of original essays by an international team of leading philosophers and physicists who have come together to reassess the contemporary paradigm of the relativistic concept of time. A great deal has changed since 1905 when Einstein proposed his Special Theory of Relativity, and this book offers a fresh reassessment of Special Relativity’s relativistic concept of time in terms of epistemology, metaphysics, and physics.
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  14. Quentin Smith (2007). Can the New Tenseless Theory of Time Be Saved by Individual Essences? Philo 10 (1):66-68.
    I will begin by conceding that some of Beer’s arguments are sound (mostly on pages before the last page), and observe that Beer’s theory that “now” ascribes an individual essence to a time on each occasion of its tokening is a novel theory that seems fruitful and is worthy of being pursued and of being developed to deal with the criticisms in the following points.
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  15. Quentin Smith (2007). Kalam Cosmological Arguments for Atheism. In Michael Martin (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Atheism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 192--194.
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  16. William Lane Craig & Quentin Smith (eds.) (2006). Absolute Simultaneity. Routledge.
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  17. Aleksandar Jokic & Quentin Smith (eds.) (2003). Time, Tense, and Reference. The Mit Press.
    Original essays by philosophers of language and philosophers of time exploring the semantics and metaphysics of tense.
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  18. Quentin Smith (2003). Moral Realism and Infinite Spacetime Imply Moral Nihilism. In Heather Dyke (ed.), Time and Ethics: Essays at the Intersection. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 43--54.
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  19. Quentin Smith (2003). Why Cognitive Scientists Cannot Ignore Quantum Mechanics. In Quentin Smith & Aleksandar Jokic (eds.), Consciousness: New Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford University Press. 409.
  20. Quentin Smith & Aleksandar Jokic (eds.) (2003). Consciousness: New Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford University Press.
    Consciousness is perhaps the most puzzling problem we humans face in trying to understand ourselves. Here, eighteen essays offer new angles on the subject. The contributors, who include many of the leading figures in philosophy of mind, discuss such central topics as intentionality, phenomenal content, and the relevance of quantum mechanics to the study of consciousness.
     
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  21. Quentin Smith & Aleksandar Jokic (eds.) (2003). Consciousness: New Philosophical Essays. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
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  22. Aleksandar Jokic & Quentin Smith (eds.) (2002). Consciousness: New Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford University Press.
    Consciousness is perhaps the most puzzling problem we humans face in trying to understand ourselves. It has been the subject of intense study for several decades, but, despite substantial progress, the most difficult problems have still not reached any generally agreed solution. Future research can start with this book. Eighteen original, specially written essays offer new angles on the subject. The contributors, who include many of the leading figures in philosophy of mind, discuss such central topics as intentionality, phenomenal content, (...)
     
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  23. Quentin Smith (2002). Time and Degrees of Existence: A Theory of 'Degree Presentism'. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 50:119-.
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  24. Quentin Smith (2002). Time Was Created by a Timeless Point: An Atheist Explanation of Spacetime. In Gregory E. Ganssle & David M. Woodruff (eds.), God and Time: Essays on the Divine Nature. Oxford Up. 95-128.
    There are two familiar, contemporary responses to this question. The theist says that the question has an answer and that this answer is that God caused spacetime to begin to exist. The standard response of the atheist is to say that there is no answer to this question; spacetime’s beginning to exist is a brute fact or has no explanation. This standard atheist response seems to give theism a prima facie theoretical superiority to atheism; theists offer a detailed explanatory hypothesis (...)
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  25. Quentin Smith (2001). The Metaphilosophy of Naturalism. Philo: A Journal of Philosophy 4 (2):195-215.
    The metaphilosophy of naturalism is about the nature and goals of naturalist philosophy. A real or..
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  26. Quentin Smith (2000). Concerning the Metaphysical Necessity of the Universe Beginning Uncaused. Philo 3 (1):73-75.
    In George Nakhnikian’s interesting and stimulating paper, “Quantum Cosmology, Theistic Philosophical Cosmology, and the Existence Question” (present issue) he addresses the fundamental issue of whether it is metaphysically possible or justifiable to believe that our universe began to exist without a cause, divine or otherwise. His conclusion is negative, and he argues that, contrary to my views, quantum cosmology is consistent with theism. In this paper, I shall evaluate Nakhnikian’s arguments.
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  27. Quentin Smith (2000). Luck and Retribution, Jonathan Jacobs. Philosophy 75 (291).
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  28. Quentin Smith (2000). Philip Turetzky Time. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 51 (4):927-933.
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  29. Quentin Smith (2000). Problems with John Earman's Attempt to Reconcile Theism with General Relativity. Erkenntnis 52 (1):1-27.
    Discussions of the intersection of general relativity and thephilosophy of religion rarely take place on the technical levelthat involves the details of the mathematical physics of generalrelativity. John Earman's discussion of theism and generalrelativity in his recent book on spacetime singularities is anexception to this tendency. By virtue of his technical expertise,Earman is able to introduce novel arguments into the debatebetween theists and atheists. In this paper, I state and examineEarman's arguments that it is rationally acceptable to believethat theism and (...)
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  30. Philip Turetzky & Quentin Smith (2000). Reviews-Time. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 51 (4):927-934.
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  31. Quentin Smith (1999). George R. Geiger 1903-1998. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 72 (5):204 - 206.
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  32. Quentin Smith (1999). Marcus' 1961 Article as a Termination of Russellian Dominance in Analytic Philosophy. Dialectica 53 (3-4):179–210.
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  33. Quentin Smith (1999). The Reason the Universe Exists is That It Caused Itself to Exist. Philosophy 74 (4):579-586.
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  34. Quentin Smith (1999). The “Sentence-Type Version” of the Tenseless Theory of Time. Synthese 119 (3):233-251.
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  35. Quentin Smith (1999). Time, Tense and Causation. Philosophical Review 108 (1):123-127.
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  36. Quentin Smith (1998). A More Comprehensive History of the New Theory of Reference. In P. W. Humphreys & J. H. Fetzer (eds.), The New Theory of Reference: Kripke, Marcus and its Origins. Kluwer.
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  37. Quentin Smith (1998). Absolute Simultaneity and the Infinity of the Past. In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), Questions of Time and Tense. Oxford University Press. 135--83.
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  38. Quentin Smith (1998). Absolute Simultaneity and the Infinity of Time. In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), Questions of Time and Tense. Oxford University Press. 135--83.
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  39. Quentin Smith (1998). Critical Notice. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 28 (3):413-434.
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  40. Quentin Smith (1998). Direct, Rigid Designation and A Posteriori Necessity: A History and Critique. In. In Paul Humphreys & James Fetzer (eds.), The New Theory of Reference. Kluwer. 137--178.
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  41. Quentin Smith (1998). Review: Swinburne's Explanation of the Universe. [REVIEW] Religious Studies 34 (1):91 - 102.
    Richard Swinburne, IsThereaGod? Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996, pp. vii+144.
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  42. Quentin Smith (1998). Swinburne's Explanation of the Universe. [REVIEW] Religious Studies 34 (1):91-102.
    Swinburne's Is There A God? presents a brief, updated version of his book, The Existence of God, in which Swinburne argued that criteria used in scientific reasoning could be used to argue that God probably exists. This new book is designed for a wider audience than professional philosophers. Nonetheless, there is much that is new and of interest to philosophers in Is There a God? For example, there is a discussion of Stephen Hawking's cosmology, some new ideas in the philosophy (...)
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  43. Quentin Smith (1998). The End Of The World. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 28 (3):413-434.
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  44. Quentin Smith (1998). Why Stephen Hawking's Cosmology Precludes a Creator. Philo 1 (1):75-93.
    Atheists have tacitly conceded the field to theists in the area of philosophical cosmology, specifically, in the enterprise of explaining why the universe exists. The theistic hypothesis is that the reason the universe exists lies in God’s creative choice, but atheists have not proposed any reason why the universe exists. I argue that quantum cosmology proposes such an atheistic reason, namely, that the universe exists because it has an unconditional probability of existing based on a functional law of nature. This (...)
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  45. Quentin Smith (1997). Quantum Cosmology’s Implication of Atheism. Analysis 57 (4):295–304.
    conditions. A 3-space is 'the universe at one time', i.e., a three dimensional spacelike slice of a four dimensional spacetime. The universe's initial conditions are its physical boundary conditions, the curvature of spacetime and the amount and distribution of matter belonging to the..
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  46. Quentin Smith (1997). Quantum Cosmology's Implication of Atheism. Analysis 57 (4):295 - 304.
    'In principle, one can predict everything in the universe solely from physical laws. Thus, the long standing 'first cause' problem intrinsic in cosmology has finally been dispelled.' Fang and Wu, (1986):3).
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  47. Quentin Smith (1997). Simplicity and Why the Universe Exists. Philosophy 72 (279):125 - 132.
    If big bang cosmology is true, then the universe began to exist about 15 billion years ago with a 'big bang', an explosion of matter, energy and space from a singular point. This singularity is spatially and temporally pointlike; that is, it has zero spatial dimensions and exists for an instant (at t=0) before exploding with a 'big bang'. The big bang singularity is also lawless; Stephen Hawking writes: A singularity is a place where the classical concepts of space and (...)
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  48. Quentin Smith (1997). The Ontological Interpretation of the Wave Function of the Universe. The Monist 80 (1):160-185.
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  49. Quentin Smith (1996). Causation and the Logical Impossibility of a Divine Cause. Philosophical Topics 24 (1):169-191.
    I think that virtually all contemporary theists, agnostics and atheists believe this is logically possible. Indeed, the main philosophical tradition from Plato to the present has assumed that the sentence, "God is the originating cause of the universe", does not express a logical contradiction, even though many philosophers have argued that this sentence either is synthetic and meaningless (e.g., the logical positivists) or states a synthetic and a priori falsehood (e.g., Kant and Moore), or states a synthetic and a posteriori (...)
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