The question of the existence of God in the book of Stephen Hawking: A brief history of time

A. Driessen

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    Abstract

    The continuing interest in the book of S. Hawking "A Brief History of Time" makes a philosophical evaluation of the content highly desirable. As will be shown, the genre of this work can be identified as a speciality in philosophy, namely the proof of the existence of God. In this study an attempt is given to unveil the philosophical concepts and steps that lead to the final conclusions, without discussing in detail the remarkable review of modern physical theories. In order to clarify these concepts, the classical Aristotelian-Thomistic proof of the existence of God is presented and compared with Hawking's approach. For his argumentation he uses a concept of causality, which in contrast to the classical philosophy neglects completely an ontological dependence and is reduced to only temporal aspects. On the basis of this temporal causality and modern physical theories and speculations, Hawking arrives at his conclusions about a very restricted role of a possible creator. It is shown, that neither from the philosophical nor the scientific view his conclusions about theexistence of God are strictly convincing, a position Hawking himself seems to be aware of.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMathematical undecidability, quantum nonlocality and the question of the existence of God
    EditorsA Driessen, A. Suarez
    Place of PublicationDordrecht
    PublisherKluwer Academic
    Pages203-214
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)0792343069
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1997

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    PublisherKluwer Academic

    Keywords

    • IR-86438
    • METIS-296800

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