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dc.contributor.authorAtkinson, David
dc.contributor.authorPeijnenburg, Jeanne
dc.description.abstractThis book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book addresses the age-old problem of infinite regresses in epistemology. How can we ever come to know something if knowing requires having good reasons, and reasons can only be good if they are backed by good reasons in turn? The problem has puzzled philosophers ever since antiquity, giving rise to what is often called Agrippa's Trilemma. The current volume approaches the old problem in a provocative and thoroughly contemporary way. Taking seriously the idea that good reasons are typically probabilistic in character, it develops and defends a new solution that challenges venerable philosophical intuitions and explains why they were mistakenly held. Key to the new solution is the phenomenon of fading foundations, according to which distant reasons are less important than those that are nearby. The phenomenon takes the sting out of Agrippa's Trilemma; moreover, since the theory that describes it is general and abstract, it is readily applicable outside epistemology, notably to debates on infinite regresses in metaphysics. The book is a potential game-changer and a must for any advanced student or researcher in the field.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSynthese Library
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HP Philosophy::HPK Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::P Mathematics & science::PB Mathematics::PBC Mathematical foundations
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::P Mathematics & science::PB Mathematics::PBT Probability & statistics
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::P Mathematics & science::PD Science: general issues::PDX History of science
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::K Economics, finance, business & management::KJ Business & management::KJT Operational research
dc.subject.otherMathematical Logic and Foundations
dc.subject.otherStatistical Theory and Methods
dc.subject.otherHistory and Philosophical Foundations of Physics
dc.subject.otherOperations Research/Decision Theory
dc.subject.otherPhilosophical Foundations of Physics and Astronomy
dc.subject.otherOperations Research and Decision Theory
dc.subject.otherEpistemic Justification
dc.subject.otherInfinite Regress
dc.subject.otherRegresses in Epistemology
dc.subject.otherRegresses in Ethics
dc.subject.otherRegresses in Metaphysics
dc.subject.otherRegresses in Philosophy of Mind
dc.subject.otherOpen Access
dc.subject.otherPhilosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge
dc.subject.otherMathematical foundations
dc.subject.otherMathematical logic
dc.subject.otherProbability & statistics
dc.subject.otherHistory of science
dc.subject.otherOperational research
dc.subject.otherManagement decision making
dc.titleFading Foundations
dc.title.alternativeProbability and the Regress Problem

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