Infinite Regresses, Infinite Beliefs

Black, Oliver (2003) Infinite Regresses, Infinite Beliefs. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 40-41.


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One way of mapping part of the domain of epistemology is to represent various theories as responses to the following argument: (I) A belief (strictly, a token state of belief) is justified only if a justified belief is a reason for it. (Premiss.) (II) There are justified beliefs. (Premiss.) (III) The proper ancestral of the reason-relation is irreflexive. (Premiss.) (IV) There is an infinite sequence (strictly, a sequence with infinite range) of justified beliefs each of which is a reason for its predecessor, if any. (From (I) to (III).) (V) There is no such sequence. (Premiss.) (VI) There both is and is not such a sequence. (From (IV) and (V).) (VII) Not-(I) / not-(II) / not-(III) / not-(V). (Reductio.)

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Belief; Regress; Epistemology; Justified Belief
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Epistemologie, Wissenschaftstheorie, Naturphilosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52

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