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
(I) A belief (strictly, a token state of belief) is
justified only if a justified belief is a reason for it.
(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: Wolfgang Heuer
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2020 14:34
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2020 14:34

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