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A Criticism of A Posteriori and A Priori Arguments for a Cause of the Big Bang Singularity

Quentin Smith

in Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology

Published in print May 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263838
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682650 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263838.003.0006

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

A Criticism of A Posteriori and A Priori Arguments for a Cause of the Big Bang Singularity

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This chapter argues against William Lane Craig's theory of causality and against a posteriori and a priori arguments for a cause of the Big Bang singularity. It highlights some prima facie problems with a posteriori arguments for a cause of the Big Bang singularity, a priori arguments for a cause of the Big Bang, and Kantian a priori arguments for a cause of the Big Bang. This chapter concludes that there is no reason to think that it is metaphysically impossible for the Big Bang singularity to occur uncaused.

Keywords: causality theory; William Lane Craig; Big Bang singularity; a posteriori; a priori; Kantian arguments

Chapter.  12149 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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