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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Many commentators have noted that Kant's transcendental methodology seems to be in danger of infinite regress.
Our supposition is that the infinite regress that the principle of sufficient reason seems to produce does not lead to an absurdity.
Honolulu Watercolor, July, 1985, has multiple scrims overlaying its scenery: The largest of these grids is purposively skewed to exaggerate the formal device, whose visual effect is one of infinite regress.
An astute commentator on a previous draft observed that universal partial ownership of individuals by other individuals might imply an infinite regress.
1] must be a necessary being, otherwise its own individuality will need to be explained and an infinite regress of causation is impossible.
So now we need deductively sound arguments for the premisses, and we are off on an infinite regress.
It was like wanting to plunge through the infinite regress of nurses holding trays of cocoa down to the tiniest nurse's tray, where you will find the tin that you once had to give away when you had to leave another city you loved.
But trying to justify everything threatens to generate an infinite regress, and the only way of halting the looming regress is an appeal to something self-justifying--Platonic forms, God, self-evident principles, or the immediately given in experience.
As I learned, however, peering through the prism of its ironies unfolds "Borges and I" into a complex space of contradiction and infinite regress.
For idealists, of course, these sordid manifestations might not qualify as "love" in the first place, but restricting them from our definition leaves us with either crude tautology (only ideal love is real love) or infinite regress (love is not obsession, not sentimentality, not insidiousness.
The topics are defense of voluntariness, a theological perspective, infinite regress, bad luck and compatibilism, determinism and criminal responsibility, whether neuroscience undermines retributive justice, punishment and free will in legal theory and classical Christian theology, alternative possibilities, and what logic of action says about responsibility and free will.
And Times columnist Robert Wright reported that spending a week at a meditation retreat, completely unplugged from the web, email, and phone calls, helped him explore the benefits of "mindfulness," which "involves a calm focus on the present moment--much the kind of focus that is said to be endangered by the infinite regress of distractions and disruptions brought to us by digital technology" (see http://opinion ator.