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Single Idea 8796

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / B. Internal Justification / 4. Foundationalism / e. Pro-foundations]

Full Idea

A single belief can trail at once regresses of both sorts: one terminating and one not.

Gist of Idea

A single belief can trail two regresses, one terminating and one not


Ernest Sosa (The Raft and the Pyramid [1980], 6)

Book Reference

'Epistemology - An Anthology', ed/tr. Sosa,E. /Kim,J. [Blackwell 2000], p.141

A Reaction

This makes foundationalism possible, while admitting the existence of regresses. It is a good point, and triumphalist anti-foundationalists can't just point out a regress and then smugly troop off to the pub.