Infinite Regress Arguments

Acta Analytica 28 (1):95-109 (2013)
Infinite regress arguments play an important role in many distinct philosophical debates. Yet, exactly how they are to be used to demonstrate anything is a matter of serious controversy. In this paper I take up this metaphilosophical debate, and demonstrate how infinite regress arguments can be used for two different purposes: either they can refute a universally quantified proposition (as the Paradox Theory says), or they can demonstrate that a solution never solves a given problem (as the Failure Theory says). In the meantime, I show that Black’s view on infinite regress arguments (1996, this journal) is incomplete, and how his criticism of Passmore can be countered
Keywords Infinite  Regress  Argument  Schema  Paradox  Failure
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DOI 10.1007/s12136-012-0165-1
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Peter Klein (2003). When Infinite Regresses Are Not Vicious. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66 (3):718–729.
Andrew Cling (2009). Reasons Regresses and Tragedy. American Philosophical Quarterly 46 (4):333-346.

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