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One of the key difficulties with specifying and defending an absolute beginning point of the space-time continuum is that the beginning has to be located either within the structure of space-time itself, in which sense it is not a total or absolute beginning, or the beginning must be located outside of space-time itself in which case the word "beginning" is meaningless since without time there can be no "beginning".

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creditable discussion of the philosophy of time

can time have a beginning? no, argues the author, putting forth the following disjunctive syllogism. let t be the beginning of time. if t is a beginning in relation to some antecedent time t*, then t is not a beginning. but if t is a beginning only in relation to the very temporal sequence that it itself initiates, as opposed to in relation to some antecedent such sequence, then it is not a 'true and absolute' beginning. i grant the first part. not so sure about the second. but....