Rosa, Luis ORCID: 0000-0002-4199-6778 (2019). Reasoning without regress. Synthese, 196 (6). S. 2263 - 2279. DORDRECHT: SPRINGER. ISSN 1573-0964

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In this paper I explore alternative ways of answering the infinite regress problem of inference, as it was depicted in Lewis Carroll's What the Tortoise said to Achilles'. Roughly put, the problem is that if a claim to the effect that one's premises give support to one's conclusion must itself be part of one's premises, then an infinite regress of reasons ensues. I discuss some recent attempts to solve that problem, but I find all of them to be wanting. Those attempts either require the reasoner to believe that her premises give support to her conclusion, or to take her premises to give support to her conclusion, where taking is not a doxastic attitude. I conclude that, on the face of the failure of those attempts to solve the problem, there is a strong prima facie case for allowing inference to be blind (in which case reasoners need not believe or take it that their premises give support to their conclusions).

Item Type: Journal Article
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-146262
DOI: 10.1007/s11229-017-1535-4
Journal or Publication Title: Synthese
Volume: 196
Number: 6
Page Range: S. 2263 - 2279
Date: 2019
Publisher: SPRINGER
Place of Publication: DORDRECHT
ISSN: 1573-0964
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
History & Philosophy Of Science; PhilosophyMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes


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