PHI 101 Spring 2007 Quiz 2

PHI 101 Spring 2007 Quiz 2 - 1 06 April 2007 Philosophy 101...

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1 06 April 2007 Philosophy 101 Mark Rivera Quiz 2 1. A. What is an infinite regress? In the Cosmological Argument, explain how the concept of an infinite regress relates to one of the following arguments: St. Thomas’s Argument from Motion, Argument from Efficient Cause, or the Kalam Argument. According to Wikipedia “infinite regress is an attempt to solve a problem which re- introduced the same problem in the proposed solution. If one continues along the same lines, the initial problem will recur infinitely and will never be solved. Not all regresses however, are vicious." So from this definition we can see that infinite regress is an attempt to solve a problem where the same problem arises within the solution. For an example if someone were to say that the world was created by a big bang, and then not go any further into the solution there would be an infinite regress because then you would need to know where the object that exploded came from, and then where that object came from. If the start of the problem is not an infinite object or being there will be an infinite regress because as we were taught in class, you can not get nothing from nothing; everything has to come from somewhere, i.e. god. Another example that came to me that relates to infinite regress was the age old question of which came first the chicken or the egg. If you answer by saying the chicken, then you leave the question of where did the chicken come from, and if you answer with egg, then you will be stuck wondering where the egg came
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