Welcome to the Closing Statement of my debate against Rationality Rules on the Kalam Cosmological Argument.
Playlist of all videos in our debate: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96Nl_XJhQEj6TzLq2gfRAOB3neFNe3Hm
Stephen’s Original Video: https://youtu.be/5EVGkl7lj_4
Part 1: https://youtu.be/Hyu2KsLWreA
Part 2: https://youtu.be/49eCU_DqDjo
Part 3: https://youtu.be/OnLfmz2qNqM
Stephen’s Response to Part 1: https://youtu.be/O4GmgZBuEMU
Infinity, Causation, and Paradox: https://amzn.to/34LqAVs
20 Peer-Reviewed Cosmological Arguments: https://youtu.be/lp83jusMkSA
00:33 Section 1 – General Comments
07:04 Section 2 – Objections to (1)
10:05 Unsatisfiable Pair
22:33 Section 3 – Objections to (2)
Many thanks to the following people for providing helpful comments on earlier drafts of the script: Josh Rasmussen, Justin Mooney, Wade A. Tisthammer (aka Maverick Christian), Liz Jackson, Andrew Moon, & Joe Schmid.
I also want to mention how my thinking on Unsatisfiable Pair was shaped by conversations with Alex Pruss, Josh Rasmussen, and Rob Koons. Alex pressed on me the utter absurdity of some arrangements of activation times being okay while others weren’t (when the only thing that’s changing is how the clocks are set). Josh pressed the recombination principle route (see here: https://joshualrasmussen.blogspot.com/2021/02/how-to-break-grim-reaper-argument.html). Rob pointed out how Unsatisfiable Pair and Causal Finitism are not actually at odds (indeed, causal finitists have been pointing out the logical inconsistency of Benardette scenarios since the beginning). What I’ve produced here is a kind of synthesis of their views in a way that is both concise and convincing (to me).
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