Ad Infinitum: New Essays on Epistemological Infinitism by John Turri, Peter D. Klein

By John Turri, Peter D. Klein

Infinitism is an historical view in epistemology in regards to the constitution of information and epistemic justification, in accordance with which there aren't any foundational purposes for trust. The view hasn't ever been renowned, and is usually linked to skepticism, yet after languishing for hundreds of years it has lately all started a resurgence. Ad Infinitum provides new paintings at the subject via best epistemologists. They shed new gentle on infinitism's detailed strengths and weaknesses, and handle questions, new and outdated, approximately its account of justification, reasoning, epistemic accountability, confrontation, and belief, between different vital concerns. the quantity clarifies the connection among infinitism and different epistemological perspectives, resembling skepticism, coherentism, foundationalism and contextualism, and it bargains novel views at the metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics of regresses and purposes.

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T2: If JJ, then either IR: a belief can be justified via an infinitely long non-repeating inference chain or CR: a belief can be justified via a circular inference chain or RS: there can be no justified belief. The following argument can be constructed on the basis of these two uncontroversial theses: T1: If ~PB, then either JJ or UF. T2: If JJ, then either IR or CR or RS. Page 3 of 20 Klein and the Regress Argument T3: Therefore, if ~PB, then either UF or IR or CR or RS. T3 captures the core uncontroversial thesis behind the regress argument for foundationalism.

The “Unjustified Foundations” View: UF is true and PB, IR, CR, and RS are false. Infinitism: IR is true and PB, UF, CR, and RS are false. 6 Radical Skepticism: RS is true and PB, UF, IR, and CR are false. Moreover, as I will argue below, careful reflection on foundationalism and its worrisome features enables us to see that this minor initial implausibility disappears upon further examination. If, at a certain time, they and the subject are satisfied with the reasons given, then no more reason-giving is required at that time in that context (Klein 2007a: 10).

See also: Deutscher (1973, 1), Amico (1993, 104), Bergmann (2004, 162), and Zalabardo (2008, 37). That a metaepistemological view entails skepticism does not amount to a full case against a view. This point goes not just for foundationalism (as I’d argued in the previous article) but infinitism, too. (3) This case is a modified version of the cat-location case from Lewis (1996, 560) and discussed in Douven (2004, 318). In fact, I have argued that some versions of coherentism are “procedural infinitisms” (Aikin 2010a).

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