The Argument from Contingency: A Brief Synopsis

Stars and Universe GalaxyDefinitions:

Def 1: A contingent being is a being such that if it exists, could have not-existed or could cease to exist.
Def 2: A necessary being (or non-contingent being) is a being such that if it exists, cannot not-exist (and therefore could not not-have-existed and cannot cease to exist).

Note: I use ground-reason essentially to do the work of the German Grund, a word which neither the English “ground” nor “reason” sufficiently captures in meaning, since it unites the sides of being and knowing, the ontological and the epistemological, in one.

The Argument 

1. A contingent being C exists.

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    • Nikusuke Doguro

      6. Contingent beings alone cannot provide a completely adequate ground-reason for the existence of any contingent being.

      You are are basically assuming that there cannot be infinitive chain backwards in cause in effect. But on what basis? You first have to prove that such chains are impossible.

      As for me – I can easily imagine a world where there is no such thing as the “first event”. You simply create laws of physics that you can unroll backwards in time without any limit – the same way you can propagate cause and effect to the future without any limit. You can just choose random state for that universe and it will automatically have infinitive history backwards and forward from that state. Any Reversible cellular automaton can be example of such reversible universe.

  • Nikusuke Doguro

    6. Contingent beings alone cannot provide a completely adequate ground-reason for the existence of any contingent being.

    You are are basically assuming that there cannot be infinitive chain backwards in cause in effect. But on what basis? You first have to prove that such chains are impossible.

    As for me – I can easily imagine a world where there is no such thing as the “first event”. You simply create laws of physics that you can unroll backwards in time without any limit – the same way you can propagate cause and effect to the future
    without any limit. You can just choose random state for that universe and it will automatically have infinitive history backwards and forward from that state. Any reversible cellular automaton can be example of such reversible universe.