Infinite Regress Arguments

Acta Analytica 28 (1):95-109 (2013)

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Jan Willem Wieland
VU University Amsterdam
Abstract
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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