The Cosmological Arguments: A Spectrum of Opinion

The Cosmological Arguments: A Spectrum of Opinion

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Since Plato, philosophers have been concerned with the cosmological arguments--those argument forms that take as their starting point some familiar aspect of the universe and go on to derive from it evidence for the existence of God. Aquinas, who gave clearest expression of the various paths such reasoning could follow, distinguished four: the arguments from motion, cause, contingency, and design. Separately or together, these have continued to fascinate philosophers and theologians--including many who are convinced that the conclusion is false--even in the face of modern scientific discoveries. In this volume, which presents a variety of philosophical positions from Plato to contemporary thinkers, the editor has chosen to treat the first three of Aquinas' forms together and devote a separate section to the teleological argument.