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Synthese

, Volume 166, Issue 1, pp 157–163 | Cite as

On the regress argument for infinitism

  • John TurriEmail author
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Abstract

This paper critically evaluates the regress argument for infinitism. The dialectic is essentially this. Peter Klein argues that only an infinitist can, without being dogmatic, enhance the credibility of a questioned non-evident proposition. In response, I demonstrate that a foundationalist can do this equally well. Furthermore, I explain how foundationalism can provide for infinite chains of justification. I conclude that the regress argument for infinitism should not convince us.

Keywords

Infinitism Foundationalism The regress argument The epistemic regress problem Peter Klein 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyHuron University CollegeLondonCanada

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