The Sceptic's Tools: Circularity and Infinite Regress

Philosophical Papers 40 (3):359-369 (2011)
Important sceptical arguments by Sextus Empiricus, Hume and Boghossian (concerning disputes, induction, and relativism respectively) are based on circularities and infinite regresses. Yet, philosophers' practice does not keep circularities and infinite regresses clearly apart. In this metaphilosophical paper I show how circularity and infinite regress arguments can be made explicit, and shed light on two powerful tools of the sceptic.
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DOI 10.1080/05568641.2011.634246
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David Hume (2009/2004). An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. In Steven M. Cahn (ed.), The Monist. Oxford University Press 112.

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Jan Willem Wieland (2014). Sceptical Rationality. Analytic Philosophy 55 (1):222-238.

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