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By John Turri, Peter D. Klein

Infinitism is an old view in epistemology in regards to the constitution of information and epistemic justification, based on which there aren't any foundational purposes for trust. The view hasn't ever been renowned, and is frequently linked to skepticism, yet after languishing for hundreds of years it has lately started a resurgence. Ad Infinitum offers new paintings at the subject by means of best epistemologists. They shed new mild on infinitism's unique strengths and weaknesses, and handle questions, new and outdated, approximately its account of justification, reasoning, epistemic accountability, war of words, and belief, between different very important concerns. the quantity clarifies the connection among infinitism and different epistemological perspectives, comparable to skepticism, coherentism, foundationalism and contextualism, and it bargains 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.

Whatever oddness there was with (e) and (f) evaporates with (g) and (h). And so, gradability, I think, survives, and “knowing better” is not quite the mess its critics have made it out to be. It is, further, something we do for its own sake, precisely because it is a striving internal to taking oneself as a knower of things. They may know something, but they could know it better, and the critical questions reveal that. Epistemic infinitism is the best way to make sense of this aspirational component of knowledge.

See also: Deutscher (1973, 1), Amico (1993, 104), Bergmann (2004, 162), and Zalabardo (2008, 37). That a metaepistemological view entails skepticism does not amount to a full case against a view. This point goes not just for foundationalism (as I’d argued in the previous article) but infinitism, too. (3) This case is a modified version of the cat-location case from Lewis (1996, 560) and discussed in Douven (2004, 318). In fact, I have argued that some versions of coherentism are “procedural infinitisms” (Aikin 2010a).

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