The Kalam Cosmological Argument

  title={The Kalam Cosmological Argument},
  author={William Lane Craig},
  journal={Oxford Scholarship Online},
  • W. Craig
  • Published 1 May 1982
  • Philosophy
  • Oxford Scholarship Online
A survey of recent philosophical literature on the kalam cosmological argument reveals that arguments for the finitude of the past and, hence, the beginning of the universe remain robust. Plantinga’s brief criticisms of Kant’s argument in his First Antinomy concerning time are shown not to be problematic for the kalam argument. This chapter addresses, one by one, the two premises of the kalam, focusing on their philosophical aspects. The notion of infinity, both actual and potential, is… 

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  • R. Small
  • Philosophy
    The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 1986
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