Ad Infinitum: New Essays on Epistemological Infinitism by John Turri, Peter D. Klein

By John Turri, Peter D. Klein

Infinitism is an historic view in epistemology concerning the constitution of information and epistemic justification, in response to which there aren't any foundational purposes for trust. The view hasn't ever been well known, and is usually linked to skepticism, yet after languishing for hundreds of years it has lately started a resurgence. Ad Infinitum provides new paintings at the subject via best epistemologists. They shed new mild on infinitism's particular strengths and weaknesses, and handle questions, new and previous, approximately its account of justification, reasoning, epistemic accountability, war of words, and belief, between different vital matters. the amount clarifies the connection among infinitism and different epistemological perspectives, akin to skepticism, coherentism, foundationalism and contextualism, and it deals novel views at the metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics of regresses and purposes.

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39) T1: If ~PB: a belief can be justified only if it is inferred from (based on) a belief then either JJ: a belief can be justified only if it is inferred from (based on) a justified belief or UF: a belief can be justified even if the belief(s) from which it is inferred (on which it is based) is/are not justified. T2: If JJ, then either IR: a belief can be justified via an infinitely long non-repeating inference chain or CR: a belief can be justified via a circular inference chain or RS: there can be no justified belief.

His arguments, even though successfully answering the critical questions, were obtained with the objective of answering them with specific answers— he had conclusions he preferred, and he went out looking for premises to support them. Instead of having command of the issue, he, as it were, has commanded it. And sometimes, it even seems appropriate for people not only to stick to their guns, but to positively go down with the ship—to defend positions deemed refuted, if only so that the very best versions of views, in the end, are those taken to be false.

It seems strange, but that’s only because we don’t have something about which the expression can be true or false about. I will admit that (e) and (f) are strange, but not for reasons that count against gradability. But, now, change the propositions to ones that may be more Page 12 of 19 Knowing Better, Cognitive Command, and Epistemic Infinitism remote: (g) John knows that Teddy Roosevelt was a Republican better than Mary does, and (h) John knows that Teddy Roosevelt was a Republican better than Bill knows that Henry Clay formulated the Missouri Compromise.

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