Ancient origins of a modern anthropic cosmological argument

  title={Ancient origins of a modern anthropic cosmological argument},
  author={Milan M. Cirkovic},
  journal={Astronomical \& Astrophysical Transactions},
  • M. Cirkovic
  • Published 31 July 2003
  • Philosophy
  • Astronomical & Astrophysical Transactions
Ancient origins of a modern anthropic argument against cosmologies involving infinite series of past events are considered. It is shown that this argument—which in modern times has been put forward by distinguished cosmologists such as Paul C. W. Davies and Frank J. Tipler—originates in pre-Socratic times and is implicitly present in the cyclical cosmology of Empedocles. There are traces of the same line of reasoning throughout the ancient history of ideas, and the case of a provocative… 
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