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Is There a Causal Loop Which Avoids a First Cause?

  • Andrew Ter Ern LokeEmail author
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Abstract

I examine whether there exists a causal loop which avoids a First Cause. I distinguish between a causal loop in dynamic and static time and between an open and closed loop, and explain that a dynamic loop and an open loop does not avoid a First Cause. I note that a static closed loop cosmological model has been proposed by Gott and Li (Physical Review D 58:023501–1, 1998), and that we do not have adequate evidence for thinking that such a loop exists. I discuss the Bootstrap Paradox which shows that this type of causal loop is viciously circular and metaphysically impossible.

Keywords

Causal Loop Vicious Circularity Closed Timelike Curves (CTCs) Metaphysical Considerations Younger Self 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong

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