Philosophical Papers

TitleThe Sceptic's Tools: Circularity and Infinite Regress
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsWieland, JWillem
JournalPhilosophical Papers
Volume40
Number3
Pagination359–369
Abstract

Important sceptical arguments by Sextus Empiricus, David Hume and Paul Boghossian (concerning disputes, induction, and relativism respectively) are based on circularities and infinite regresses. Yet, philosophers' practice does not keep circularities and infinite regresses clearly apart. In this metaphilosophical paper I show how circularity and infinite regress arguments can be made explicit, and shed light on two powerful tools of the sceptic.

DOI10.1080/05568641.2011.634246
Citation Keywieland2011sceptic