infinite regress
infinite regress infinite regress, infinite regression infinite regression . (Philosophy, Logic) A causal relationship transmitted through an indefinite number of terms in a series, with no term that begins the causal chain. [PJC]

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  • Infinite regress — An infinite regress in a series of propositions arises if the truth of proposition P 1 requires the support of proposition P 2, and for any proposition in the series P n , the truth of P n requires the support of the truth of P n +1. There would… …   Wikipedia

  • Infinite Regress — ST episode name = Infinite Regress series = VOY Seven becomes mentally disturbed ep num = 101 prod num = 203 date = November 25, 1998 writer = Robert J. Doherty Jimmy Diggs director = David Livingston guest = Scarlett Pomers as Naomi Neil Maffin… …   Wikipedia

  • infinite regress — noun A regress into an infinite sequence of propositions in an attempt to found the truth of the proposition P on the truth of the proposition P …   Wiktionary

  • infinite regress — See regress …   Philosophy dictionary

  • infinite regress — Philos. causal or logical relationship of terms in a series without the possibility of a term initiating the series. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • infinite regress — noun : an endless chain of reasoning leading backward by interpolating a third entity between any two entities compare third man …   Useful english dictionary

  • infinite regression — infinite regress infinite regress, infinite regression infinite regression . (Philosophy, Logic) A causal relationship transmitted through an indefinite number of terms in a series, with no term that begins the causal chain. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Regress (Logik) — Regress bezeichnet in der traditionellen Logik den Rückgang, das Rückschreiten des Denkens vom Bedingten auf die Bedingung, von der Wirkung auf die Ursache[1] und vom Besonderen zum Allgemeinen [2]. In der Argumentationstheorie bzw. Logik und in… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Regress argument — The regress argument (also known as the diallelus (Latin < Greek di allelon through or by means of one another )) is a problem in epistemology and, in general, a problem in any situation where a statement has to be justified.[1][2][3]… …   Wikipedia

  • infinite regression — /ɪnfənət rəˈgrɛʃən/ (say infuhnuht ruh greshuhn) noun 1. Also, infinite regress. a causal chain in which each cause itself requires a previous cause of exactly the same kind. 2. an infinite series of receding images, each one identical to the… …   Australian English dictionary

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