Argumentation Library

Infinite Regress Arguments

Authors: Gratton, Claude

  • The first book to contribute to a theory of infinite regress arguments
  • Uncovers different kinds of infinite regresses used as premises
  • Identifies different kinds of infinite regress arguments
  • Suggests ways of improving our construction or evaluation of infinite regress arguments
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About this book

Infinite regress arguments are part of a philosopher's tool kit of argumentation. But how sharp or strong is this tool? How effectively is it used? The typical presentation of infinite regress arguments throughout history is so succinct and has so many gaps that it is often unclear how an infinite regress is derived, and why an infinite regress is logically problematic, and as a result, it is often difficult to evaluate infinite regress arguments. These consequences of our customary way of using this tool indicate that there is a need for a theory to re-orient our practice.

My general approach to contribute to such a theory, consists of collecting and evaluating as many infinite regress arguments as possible, comparing and contrasting many of the formal and non-formal properties, looking for recurring patterns, and identifying the properties that appeared essential to those patterns. Two very general questions guided this work: (1) How are infinite regresses generated in infinite regress arguments? (2) How do infinite regresses logically function as premises in an argument? In answering these questions I clarify the notion of an infinite regress; identify different logical forms of infinite regresses; describe different kinds of infinite regress arguments; distinguish the rhetoric from the logic in infinite regress arguments; and suggest ways of improving our discussion and our practice of constructing and evaluating these arguments.

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“This is a much welcomed book. Its main message is: make your infinite regress argument explicit! The typical presentation of such an argument is, as Gratton puts it, ‘so succinct and has so many gaps’ … that we hardly know what to think of it. … The book is a very welcome addition to the philosophical toolkit.”­­ (Jan Willem Wieland, Argumentation, Vol. 25, 2011)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • What is an Infinite Regress Argument?

    Gratton, Claude

    Pages 1-56

  • The Formal and Nonformal Logic of Infinite Concatenating Regresses

    Gratton, Claude

    Pages 57-100

  • Viciousness

    Gratton, Claude

    Pages 101-130

  • Circular Definitions, Circular Explanations, and Infinite Regresses

    Gratton, Claude

    Pages 131-146

  • Infinite Regresses and Recurring Questions

    Gratton, Claude

    Pages 147-157

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eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-3341-3
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Hardcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-3340-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3151-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Infinite Regress Arguments
Authors
Series Title
Argumentation Library
Series Volume
17
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3341-3
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3341-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3340-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3151-6
Series ISSN
1566-7650
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 211
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