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dc.contributor.advisorVerhoef, A.H.
dc.contributor.authorErasmus, Jacobus Petrus
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-21T08:07:59Z
dc.date.available2016-07-21T08:07:59Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/18003
dc.descriptionPhD (Philosophy), North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2016en_US
dc.description.abstractIn this study I argue that the kalām cosmological argument (KCA) is an important theistic argument that can and should be revised to a more persuasive argument that permits the existence of the actual infinite. In order to reach this conclusion, firstly I evaluate the philosophical and historical significance of the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo and show that, based on the fact that the KCA supports this doctrine, the KCA is an important theistic argument which merits being revised into a more persuasive argument. Furthermore, I argue that the KCA is valuable because (1) it promotes interfaith dialogue, (2) it promotes interdisciplinary dialogue and, (3) it sheds light on the divine attributes. Secondly, after presenting a brief historical survey of the KCA, I argue that historically, the most important argument in support of the KCA is the philosophical argument against the possibility of an actual infinite. I then argue, thirdly, that the argument against the actual infinite is problematic for it results in the KCA being incompatible with both Platonism and the standard definition of omniscience. Thus, a version of the KCA that permits the actual infinite is more persuasive than a version that denies the actual infinite. Finally, I defend two philosophical arguments in favour of a beginning of the universe and that do not deny the actual infinite. I them supplement these arguments with a third philosophical argument to support the view that it is impossible for science, by itself, to justify a belief in a past eternal universe.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherNorth-West University (South Africa) , Potchefstroom Campusen_US
dc.subjectKalām cosmological argumenten_US
dc.subjectActual and potential infinityen_US
dc.subjectPlatonismen_US
dc.subjectOmniscienceen_US
dc.subjectCreatio Ex Nihiloen_US
dc.titleTowards a more persuasive kalām cosmological argument : permitting the actual infiniteen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.thesistypeDoctoralen_US
dc.contributor.researchID22437649 - Verhoef, Anné Hendrik (Supervisor)


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