Regarding a Regress

Yuri Cath

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Is there a successful regress argument against intellectualism? In this article I defend the negative answer. I begin by defending Stanley and Williamson's (2001) critique of the contemplation regress against Noë (2005). I then identify a new argument - the employment regress - that is designed to succeed where the contemplation regress fails, and which I take to be the most basic and plausible form of a regress argument against intellectualism. However, I argue that the employment regress still fails. Drawing on the previous discussion, I criticise further regress arguments given by Hetherington (2006) and Noë (2005).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-388
Number of pages31
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number3
Early online date30 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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