Glendower problem

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The Glendower Problem is an objection to the causal principle or the principle of sufficient reason. This undermines various cosmological arguments because they depend on these as premises.

Origin[edit]

The name comes from the play "Henry IV", in which Shakespeare gave the following immortal lines to the players:

Glendower: I can call Spirits from the vastie Deepe

Hotspur: Why so can I, or so can any man: But will they come, when you doe call for them?

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