Infinite Regress Arguments and Infinite Regresses

Acta Analytica 16:17 (2001)
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Abstract

This paper explains what an infinite regress argument is. Part 1 contains some examples of infinite regress arguments. Part 2 presents a schema for all such arguments an defines an infinite regress argument as one that approximates to the schema. Part 3 tests the schema on the examples. Part 4 contrasts my account of infinite regress arguments with that given by Passmore and shows that Passmore's theory succumbs to objections. Part 5 distinguishes an infinite regress argument from an infinite regress and defines an infinite regress. Part 6 explains the dyslogistic force of 'infinite regress'.

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Oliver Black
King's College London

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