Ad Infinitum: New Essays on Epistemological Infinitism, edited by John Turri and Peter Klein

Ad Infinitum: New Essays on Epistemological Infinitism, edited by John Turri and Peter Klein New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. vi + 262. isbn 978-0-19-960959-8.If responsibly holding a belief requires a reason, and only beliefs can serve as reasons, we have the making of an infinite regress: for any given belief, it must be justified by another one, and that belief must be justified by another, and so on. This is the regress problem for epistemic reasons. Until relatively recently, skepticism, foundationalism, and coherentism were seen as the principal responses worth entertaining to this problem. Owing largely to the efforts of Peter Klein, another alternative was rehabilitated: infinitism. According to infinitists, the regress phenomenon should be embraced: epistemic reasons do not require a foundation, leading instead to an inevitable (though unproblematic, non-circular) infinite regress. Responsibly providing epistemic reasons is a progressive matter, without any need for an ultimate terminating point. At best, we might reach a provisional stopping point, given the context of inquiry.Seizing on the attention infinitism has recently enjoyed, John Turri and Peter Klein have edited a collection of essays presenting fresh work on the subject. Along with the editors’ introduction, the collection contains fourteen essays. The introduction itself provides a superb presentation of the basic arguments in favor of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal for the Study of Skepticism Brill

Ad Infinitum: New Essays on Epistemological Infinitism, edited by John Turri and Peter Klein

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2210-5697
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10.1163/22105700-006011232
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New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. vi + 262. isbn 978-0-19-960959-8.If responsibly holding a belief requires a reason, and only beliefs can serve as reasons, we have the making of an infinite regress: for any given belief, it must be justified by another one, and that belief must be justified by another, and so on. This is the regress problem for epistemic reasons. Until relatively recently, skepticism, foundationalism, and coherentism were seen as the principal responses worth entertaining to this problem. Owing largely to the efforts of Peter Klein, another alternative was rehabilitated: infinitism. According to infinitists, the regress phenomenon should be embraced: epistemic reasons do not require a foundation, leading instead to an inevitable (though unproblematic, non-circular) infinite regress. Responsibly providing epistemic reasons is a progressive matter, without any need for an ultimate terminating point. At best, we might reach a provisional stopping point, given the context of inquiry.Seizing on the attention infinitism has recently enjoyed, John Turri and Peter Klein have edited a collection of essays presenting fresh work on the subject. Along with the editors’ introduction, the collection contains fourteen essays. The introduction itself provides a superb presentation of the basic arguments in favor of

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International Journal for the Study of SkepticismBrill

Published: May 8, 2017

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