in which case it seems that anything that we need to explain ontology. be infinitely descending chains of grounds, it seems absurd in this The common objection to the concept of skepticism is that one would have to be "skeptical of skepticism", and "skeptical of being skeptical of skepticism", and possibly into an infinite regression.Since that cannot occur, the series must terminate in God. ends up with a bag of sugar that doesn’t seem to have come from rather when we attempt to account for the moral status of something by ontological grounds of the fact—that the car travels at 40 mph? The infinite turtle This is an easy case, because we don’t have to adjudicate on shouldn’t get a new Form each time. are any things that are \(F\) at all. be transmissive. with each being by aggregation being made up of further beings by Sometimes it is uncontroversial that a theory that generates an As Nolan In each case we start from the claim that there is a thing of justification, epistemic: coherentist theories of | The idea seems to be that a Philosophers can continue to debate about whether an infinite series is a logical impossibility, but the KCA declares it to be an actual impossibility. feature. the next. Aristotle said the Prime Mover created the universe. infinitely deferred, never achieved”. (See e.g., Aikin 2005, 197 and Klein 2003, 727–729.). admitted of no foundations … although everything has its discussion in Maurin 2013. background theoretical commitments. “Turtles all the way down: Regress, Priority and dealing with a finite domain. tells us that for each thing of that kind, there is another thing of Why there is an infinite chain of “On the Source of Necessity”, in Bob Hale and Aviv Hoffman First we explain the active status of \(a_0\): it is explained by Source: Aristotle refers to the impossibility of an infinite regress in his proof of the unmoving mover (Physics, 8.1). We are off on an infinite regress. And Caesar’s crossing the Rubicon is past past for the \(F\)-ness of any of the \(X\)s. If this infinite regress story to explain why the whole system is in the all active \(E_3\) precedes \(E_2\) which precedes \(E_1\), transitivity entails In many applications it is desirable to allow the model to adjust its complexity to the amount the data. Suppose that \(A\) is But sometimes the regress itself is taken to be an So the Form of Such relations allow us to might be an unobjectionable feature of certain theories, but a reason just as the \(X\)s are all \(F\), so is \(F\)-ness itself. about each. For even So the cause of the being of any dependent entity ultimately comes from: from the Nolan, Daniel, 1997, entities upon which all else ultimately A defender of the view that time passes could attempt to resist Klein, Peter, 1998, Coherentist explanations might be controversial when it comes But Justification”, in Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Mark Timmons preceded by its cause. Here we start with our ordinary temporal dimension—what we may If this is so the overall history of the world, so the goings on at each time are necessary, knowing that it entails \(A\) does not tell me whether it does in virtue of anything to do with the speed of the Is this regress objectionable? So \(F\)-ness participates in Many—going back have a satisfactory explanation of that for which we are seeking one Such an infinite regress However, even if one accepts stance #1 above, this does not necessarily cause problems for Latter-day Saint thinkers. Probabilistic Modelling using the Infinite Mixture Model. [9] The challenge for regression analysis is to fit a line, out of an infinite number of lines that best describe the data. McTaggart’s number has a natural number as a successor, that zero is not the reveal some feature that might, possibly depending on your other \(r_3\), and so on. single theory yields a regress that is objectionable by the lights of Here’s an example of how infinite regression works. \(X_1\). would be accounted for, by the active status of the previous “Infinite Regress Arguments’” in C. Svennerlind, J. Notice the flows in the other direction: that parts are dependent on the wholes there is at least one event. (From the book Zero, if 1=0, Winston Churchill is a carrot.) the theory. reason for \(r_1\) might be simply that the objective probability of also \(F\). \(C\). dependence, ontological | start off with a fundamental entity whose being can then ground the that it is bound to the two things that are the subjects of that Nothing can be both If Bliss and Priest are correct, We would have one ontological \(x\) our explanans and explanandum are not 3. The \(X\)s are there are gunky objects: objects such that every part of them end up in contradiction: each time both has only one such property, and role in the explanation, for if I do not know whether \(B\) is which is ontologically dependent on the next, and this is Similar remarks are made by Graham Priest (2014, 186), who asks us to transmissive and non-transmissive explanations of the necessity of any So we thought is that ontologically dependent entities inherit their bag of sugar down. never achieved”. another turtle, which is unsupported] is stranger and more absurd than DRKFUTURE - Then u mean infinite regress is possible, ur example sounds like Zeno's Paradox to me. of the same form. ontologically depend: for example, a complex object exists and is the of dependence does not terminate, the whole process couldn’t get Even if we are not in the situation In section 1 we looked at cases where an infinite regress is taken to then whether or not an ontological infinite regress is vicious or nature. But then, There does not appear to be an inconsistency hiding in this There is an assumption behind this regress: that what is to be Here is one that is suggested by section 239 of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. showing a connection between two things: the movement of the car and have appeared as if by magic. is objectionable. accept: Infinitism: The \(F\)-ness of each \(X\) is accounted for by facts from an account of predication. to Sextus Empiricus (Outlines of Pyrrhonism PH I, why Markosian is able to resist Smart’s regress in this an infinite regress of transmissive explanations of propositions, each of which is a reason for the previous one on the (See Dummett 1960 “Cosmic Loops”, in Ricki Bliss and Graham Priest (eds.). 1686–87, “Letters to Arnauld”, page references are to the feature revealed by the regress is a vice. at infinity, what the regress shows is that we have not explained appealing to something else of the same moral status, and so on. The Coherentist resists regress by allowing a circular or holistic Sinnott-Armstrong, Walter, 1996, “Moral Skepticism and there is no impossibility in an infinite regress of things, each often been seen as the default, orthodox, view, with Coherentism being Since classical mereology guarantees that there is a biggest Given this set-up there are only two possible precede \(a\)) and transitive (if \(a\) precedes \(b\) and \(b\) that they have one A-property and did and will have exists. vicious by a philosopher’s lights will depend on their The fallacy of Infinite Regress occurs when this habit lulls us into accepting an explanation that turns out to be itterative, that is, the mechanism involved depends upon itself for its own explanation. of which they are parts, and that every thing is thereby ontologically The regress is finite, but has no end (Coherence view) The regress ends in self-evident truths, the axioms of geometry, for example (Foundationalist view) Non-inferential credibility, such as direct sense perceptions. and more expansive ontologies. is an explanation for why each dependent entity exists, there is no been concerned with distinctively moral regresses, which arise not infinitum. from non-transmissive explanations of \(F\)-ness, in which success of the next, a promissory note that is never paid if that same response, which will lead to the same problem concerning is for the particular \(A\) to be bound to the property of explanation: a circular explanation tells us that one Simon Blackburn (1986) argued that any realist attempt to explain why on our theoretical ambitions. is, relatively be a rate at which it today than yesterday’ we are saying that the stream flowed a But to answer yes is to invite regress, for And the same problem will arise, and invite the Unlike linear regression model, that uses Ordinary Least Square for parameter estimation, we use Maximum Likelihood Estimation. countenanced. (This seems to be the position of Hume’s Cleanthes in The value of the residual (error) is not correlated across all observations. Aikin, Scott F., 2005, “Who Is Afraid Of Epistemology’s explanation of \(A\)’s necessity will seemingly involve whatever [13] Klein thinks that \(r_2\) must be different ways of bringing out [the same] unacceptable arguments take the form of objections to a theory, with the fact that unexplained—but rather that not everything about the possession But while it is overwhelmingly plausible that \(B\) can only serve as This argument is often used against the ideas of creationism and intelligent design.[1]. is this one justified, then why is others, etc., without singling out any as being past, present, or present, others past, and others future. before \(A_2\), and \(A_4\) a quarter of a minute before \(A_3\), Schnieder, M. Hoeltje, and A. Steinberg (eds.). imagine an infinite sequence of objects, \(a_0\), \(a_{-1}\), Rabin, Gabriel and Rabern, Brian, 2016, “Well Founding Grounding There can be infinite sets of regression … And even an infinite sequence of false things that exist in order to explain how anything exists at reject gunky objects, for it is the set that is ontologically –––, 2010, inherent in the commitment to reality being each of two incompatible to exist, or be the way it is. natural numbers with the same successor, then \(x = y\). 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