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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.
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Failure, Paradox, Schema, Argument, Regress, Infinite

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Wieland, Jan Willem. 2013. “Infinite Regress Arguments.” Acta Analytica-international Periodical for Philosophy in the Analytical Tradition 28 (1): 95–109.
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Wieland, J. W. (2013). Infinite regress arguments. ACTA ANALYTICA-INTERNATIONAL PERIODICAL FOR PHILOSOPHY IN THE ANALYTICAL TRADITION, 28(1), 95–109.
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Wieland JW. Infinite regress arguments. ACTA ANALYTICA-INTERNATIONAL PERIODICAL FOR PHILOSOPHY IN THE ANALYTICAL TRADITION. 2013;28(1):95–109.
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Wieland, Jan Willem. “Infinite Regress Arguments.” ACTA ANALYTICA-INTERNATIONAL PERIODICAL FOR PHILOSOPHY IN THE ANALYTICAL TRADITION 28.1 (2013): 95–109. Print.
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  author       = {Wieland, Jan Willem},
  issn         = {0353-5150},
  journal      = {ACTA ANALYTICA-INTERNATIONAL PERIODICAL FOR PHILOSOPHY IN THE ANALYTICAL TRADITION},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {95--109},
  title        = {Infinite regress arguments},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12136-012-0165-1},
  volume       = {28},
  year         = {2013},
}

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