Meaning of infinite regress in English:

infinite regress


  • A sequence of reasoning or justification which can never come to an end.

    ‘The question of infinity relates to paradoxes - an infinite regress or a circular argument indicate something is wrong with the argument.’
    • ‘Keep trying to think of something new to say - i.e. embark on an infinite regress (Mode of Infinity).’
    • ‘And if we should propose some proof, or theory, in support of it being really blue, we will have to face the skeptic's demand for further justification of that theory, which will set off an infinite regress.’
    • ‘Either this process continues forever, creating an infinite regress of premises, or it comes to a stop at some point.’
    • ‘Nor is there an infinite regress of reasons; experiential evidence - which consists not of beliefs but of perceptual events, and so stands in no need of justification - serves as anchor, as clues do in a crossword.’
    • ‘The most prominent objections concern, on the one hand, the fatal ambiguities of the concept of ‘identification’ and, on the other, the threat of an infinite regress of conditions.’
    • ‘The resulting infinite regress would make it impossible to define circle at all, for one would never reach the ultimate ‘simple’ parts of which such a definition would be composed.’
    • ‘Some ultimate end outside of practice must be postulated as given, as the standard against which the value of acts as means can be judged, lest we fall into an infinite regress.’
    • ‘God must be a first cause and a self-moved mover otherwise there will be an infinite regress to causes of causes.’
    • ‘On the theory of real distinction, this view leads to an infinite regress.’
    • ‘The existence of some indemonstrable principles within a science is necessary in order to avoid an infinite regress in explanations.’
    • ‘Presumably, this does not constitute a vicious infinite regress.’
    • ‘It seems that every purist movement has an infinite regress of fringes upon fringes, with each seeking to be more pure than the others.’
    • ‘It is not difficult to see that this leads to an infinite regress.’
    • ‘Moreover, the causality condition appears to threaten an infinite regress.’