Chapter

Time and Explanation

Bede Rundle

in Why there is Something rather than Nothing

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270507
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601392 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199270503.003.0008
Time and Explanation

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The question whether the universe has existed for an infinite or only a finite time, along with the question whether a causal series might go back infinitely far into the past, has loomed large in attempts to prove the existence of God. These questions, together with that of the extent of the future, are now discussed. They lead us to consider the principle of sufficient reason and to ask whether there can be any ultimate explanations, whether the regress of explanations can ever be brought to a satisfactory end.

Keywords: causal series; explanation; infinity; principle of sufficient reason; time

Chapter.  13076 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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