Malcolm wrote:futerko wrote:smcj wrote: Whereas the Buddhists simply say that there is an infinite regression
No, they don't. The whole point of Buddhism is to avoid such an issue of infinite regress.
In fact, Budddhists accept certain kinds of infinite regression as a logical consequence of dependent origination, for example, the infinite regression of dependent causality.
The logical consequence of dependent origination is that nothing originates, nor has it ever, which is effectively the same as saying that there is no empirically infinite linear temporal duration.
Time and causality are "in mind" phenomena, which taken as concrete facts of existence, would render Buddhism an utterly pointless exercise in futility.