A Step-by-Step Argument for Causal Finitism

Erkenntnis 88 (5):2097-2122 (2023)
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Abstract

I defend a new argument for causal finitism, the view that nothing can have an infinite causal history. I begin by defending a number of plausible metaphysical principles, after which I explore a host of novel variants of the Littlewood-Ross and Thomson’s Lamp paradoxes that violate such principles. I argue that causal finitism is the best solution to the paradoxes.

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Joseph Schmid
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