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Single Idea 2523

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / B. Internal Justification / 4. Foundationalism / f. Foundationalism critique]

Full Idea

Naturalistic philosophers should look with favour on the finite regress that peters out without foundations or thresholds or essences. That every mammal has a mother does not imply an infinite regress. Mammals have secure reality without foundations.

Gist of Idea

That every mammal has a mother is a secure reality, but without foundations


Daniel Dennett (Brainchildren [1998], Ch.25)

Book Reference

Dennett,Daniel: 'Brainchildren' [Penguin 1998], p.362

A Reaction

I love this thought, which has permeated my thinking quite extensively. Logicians are terrified of regresses, but this may be because they haven't understood the vagueness of language.