|Regress, philosophy of science: also infinite regress. This is an expression for the problem that, in the case of certain formulations of definitions or problem solving, elements are used which were already used for the questions and which are actually to be examined first. Formally, regress is the insertion of expressions in repetitive linguistic or logical forms, which in turn lead to repetitions. See also circularity, definition, definability, theories._____________Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments. |
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Regress / evidence/ relation / Nozick: the regress that we need a proof that something is an evidence is stopped when a document has a dual power - a) as evidence of something - b) for the fact that it is an evidence for something. - In other words, that it is evidence for two contingent statements - a particular one and a more general document about the relationship - logical form:e.g. eRh and also e R (eRh) and it is also the case that e R [e R (eRh)] then we have no regress - if it is the same evidence e the regress is stopped before: if eR (eRh)._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
Philosophical Explanations Oxford 1981
The Nature of Rationality 1994