infinite regress

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n.1.(Philosophy, Logic) A causal relationship transmitted through an indefinite number of terms in a series, with no term that begins the causal chain.
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To hold that all voluntary activities are performed for reasons in virtue of their relations to past, present, or even merely possible acts of deliberation thus leads to infinite regresses and related problems.
It would be a mistake to conclude, therefore, that all the infinite regresses in In Memoriam have a viral malignancy.
As one commentator notes, "in both dreams, each dreams of the other, forming a pair of infinite regresses.
The author of this paper argues that it can: there are many infinite regresses of probabilistic reasoning that can be completed.