Ex nihilo nihil fit: Arguments new and old for the principle of sufficient reason Alexander R. Pruss november 1, 2002 1. introduction [Book Review]
“Ex nihilo nihil fit,” goes the classic adage: nothing comes from nothing. Parmenides used the Principle of Sufficient Reason to argue that there was no such thing as change: If there was change, why did it happen when it happened rather than earlier or later? “Nothing happens in vain, but everything for a reason and under necessitation,” claimed Leucippus. Saint Thomas insisted in the.
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