Infinite Regress Arguments

  • Jan Willem Wieland

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Philosophy book series (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
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  3. Jan Willem Wieland
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  4. Jan Willem Wieland
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  6. Jan Willem Wieland
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About this book


This book on infinite regress arguments provides (i) an up-to-date overview of the literature on the topic, (ii) ready-to-use insights for all domains of philosophy, and (iii) two case studies to illustrate these insights in some detail. Infinite regress arguments play an important role in all domains of philosophy. There are infinite regresses of reasons, obligations, rules, and disputes, and all are supposed to have their own moral. Yet most of them are involved in controversy. Hence the question is: what exactly is an infinite regress argument, and when is such an argument a good one?


Carroll’s Tortoise Failure argument Infinite regress argument Paradox argument Regress of obligations Regress of reasons Vicious regress

Authors and affiliations

  • Jan Willem Wieland
    • 1
  1. 1.VU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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