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Philosophy/An Impossibility? (asked to third philosopher)


Everything needs a cause, right, or it couldn't happen, right?

But, if everything needs a cause, how could anything happen?

Because the thing that would cause it to happen would also need a cause.

So does that means the universe can't happen/could never get to now?

Or is time a cause in and of itself? And "drags" things as time goes forward, like a replay in a video game? But then time would need a cause too, right?

You have stumbled upon one of the better known (cosmological) arguments for the existence of God.  Aristotle, and later Aquinas are best known for positing this argument (or a variation).

The conclusion, based upon the first four premises, is that since things do exist, there must be an "unmoved mover" or "uncaused cause" that has set everything in motion.  That unmoved mover (Aristotle's term) is non other than God.

I don't think time would qualify as a cause since time isn't physical in nature, which the argument from causation requires.

One other possible inference, rather than a "first mover" is that the series of mover/moved it itself infinite.  

An important note:  The unmoved mover is far from the traditional notion of God (an all knowing, ever present, benevolent, and all powerful being).  The God in this argument is simply a force or being that has set the universe into motion.



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Steven R. Storch


Ethics, Existentialism and Phenomenology, Continental Metaphysics

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