Uncaused Beginnings

Faith and Philosophy 27 (1):61-71 (2010)
Abstract
I defend the view that it is possible for reality to have a contingent initial state under the causal relation even though it is impossible for any other (non-overlapping) parts of reality to have no cause. I claim that, while there are good theoretical and commonsense grounds for maintaining that it is simply not possible for non-initial parts of reality to have no cause, these good grounds do not require one to claim that it is impossible that reality has an uncaused initial state.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
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DOI 10.5840/faithphil20102714
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