Contemporary Responses to Agrippa's Trilemma

In John Greco (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism. Oxford University Press (2008)

Peter Klein
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
This article discusses contemporary response to the epistemic regress problem or Agrippa's trilemma. The epistemic regress problem is considered the most crucial in the entire theory of knowledge and it is a major concern for many contemporary epistemologists. However, only two of the three alternative solutions have been developed in any detail, foundationalism and coherentism. Infinitism was not seriously considered as a solution because of the finite-mind objection. This article also provides a brief evaluation of foundationalism, emergent coherentism, and infinitism.
Keywords epistemic regress problem  Agrippa's trilemma  theory of knowledge  foundationalism  coherentism  finite-mind objection  infinitism
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