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Infinite regress arguments

Jan Willem Wieland UGent (2013) ACTA ANALYTICA-INTERNATIONAL PERIODICAL FOR PHILOSOPHY IN THE ANALYTICAL TRADITION. 28(1). p.95-109
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.
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published
subject
keyword
Paradox, Failure, Schema, Argument, Regress, Infinite
journal title
ACTA ANALYTICA-INTERNATIONAL PERIODICAL FOR PHILOSOPHY IN THE ANALYTICAL TRADITION
Acta Anal.-Int. Period. Philos. A.
volume
28
issue
1
pages
95 - 109
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000316012900006
ISSN
0353-5150
DOI
10.1007/s12136-012-0165-1
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2154362
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2154362
date created
2012-06-14 20:19:19
date last changed
2014-09-12 13:28:47
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  author       = {Wieland, Jan Willem},
  issn         = {0353-5150},
  journal      = {ACTA ANALYTICA-INTERNATIONAL PERIODICAL FOR PHILOSOPHY IN THE ANALYTICAL TRADITION},
  keyword      = {Paradox,Failure,Schema,Argument,Regress,Infinite},
  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},
}

Chicago
Wieland, Jan Willem. 2013. “Infinite Regress Arguments.” Acta Analytica-international Periodical for Philosophy in the Analytical Tradition 28 (1): 95–109.
APA
Wieland, J. W. (2013). Infinite regress arguments. ACTA ANALYTICA-INTERNATIONAL PERIODICAL FOR PHILOSOPHY IN THE ANALYTICAL TRADITION, 28(1), 95–109.
Vancouver
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Wieland JW. Infinite regress arguments. ACTA ANALYTICA-INTERNATIONAL PERIODICAL FOR PHILOSOPHY IN THE ANALYTICAL TRADITION. 2013;28(1):95–109.
MLA
Wieland, Jan Willem. “Infinite Regress Arguments.” ACTA ANALYTICA-INTERNATIONAL PERIODICAL FOR PHILOSOPHY IN THE ANALYTICAL TRADITION 28.1 (2013): 95–109. Print.