The problem of creation of the world in cosmology and metamorphosis of Kantian antinomies

Alexei Nesteruk

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Abstract

The paper gives a philosophical analysis of a famous attempt to model “creation” of the universe in modern cosmology. The Hawking model of quantum cosmology is analyzed with the reference to neo-Platonic and patristic sources, leading to the reformulation of the famous Kantian antinomial predicament on the temporal origin of the universe, in such a way that it transforms into the antinomy of the absolutely necessary being. The conclusion is made that cosmology cannot model creation of the world out of nothing, but can represent a model of differentiation between the intelligible and sensible realms in creation which accounts for the structural element of creatio ex nihilo. In this sense cosmological models are useful to refine and explicate further the epistemological limits arising in modeling of creation of the world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1747-1774
JournalJournal of Siberian Federal University - Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume12
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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