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Single Idea 23000

[catalogued under 2. Reason / F. Fallacies / 2. Infinite Regress]

Full Idea

A regress is vicious if the problem at level n can only be solved at level n+1; it is non-vicious if it can be solved at n, but the solution forces another level n+1, where the problem can be reformulated.

Gist of Idea

Vicious regresses force you to another level; non-vicious imply another level


Baron,S/Miller,K (Intro to the Philosophy of Time [2019], 2.3.2)

Book Reference

Baron,S/Miller,K: 'Introduction to the Philosophy of Time' [Polity 2019], p.46

A Reaction

So in a vicious regress you chase the apparent solution, but never attain it. In the non-vicious you solve it, but then find you have a new problem. I think.