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The modal symmetry first cause argument

  • SOUFIANE HAMRI (a1)

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I present a new First Cause argument that builds on modal notions to derive causal finitism, the thesis that all causal chains are of finite length. An independent uniqueness argument is then supplemented to establish the existence of a unique First Cause.

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