Review of Metaphysics 36 (3):701-703 (1983)

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Eleonore Stump
Saint Louis University
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As he makes plain in the preface, Craig's purpose in writing this book is to provide a historical, rather than a critical, exposition of the cosmological proof for the existence of God. In recent years, interest in the cosmological argument has been increasing, but evaluation of it on the part of philosophers of religion has been marked by "woeful ignorance of the historical versions of the argument," as Craig quite correctly remarks. In this book, Craig attempts to lay the foundation for more informed evaluation of the argument by providing a detailed historical account of the forms the argument has taken in the work of some of its best or most famous defenders. This is a historical book, then, which is aimed not at historians but at philosophers and theologians, though historians of the various periods of philosophy covered in the book will no doubt find much of interest in it.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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