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regress

Logic a supposed explanation each stage of which requires to be similarly explained, as saying that knowledge requires a justification in terms of propositions themselves known to be true
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We are only acknowledging that Meillassoux's critique of the principle of sufficient reason has been under discussion, and that the supposed absurdity of infinite regresses, without regards to Meillassoux in particular, has been challenged by the proponents of infinitism.
The result is, so to speak, a lesson in epistemology very different from what one finds in most textbook discussions of the subject: a case study in regresses and coherence as they arise in real-life inquiries and controversies--of epistemology in medias res.
He discusses systematic considerations such as some modes of vicious and innocuous regression, circularity and endless regress, and prepositional regresses.