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Unformatted text preview: presupposed), and since it could not be given if the series were infinite, the world has a beginning in time. On the side of the Antithesis, if the world were a thing in itself, then an empty time is impossible. For the existence of things at any given time must have a sufficient reason, and there is no sufficient reason for the existence of the world at a time preceded by an empty time. According to Kant, this is what drove Leibniz to draw the conclusion that there is no time independently of the world. However, Kant claimed in the Aesthetic that an empty time can be thought. Given this possibility, and the assumption that the world is a thing in itself, the only option open is to claim (against Leibniz) that the world has always existed; its existence in the past is infinite....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
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