<logic, philosophy of science> a definitional, explanatory, or justificatory procedure that entails its own reapplication without any limit. Thus, for example, the claim that everything in the world has only extrinsic value would lead to an infinite regress. Since the lack of any intrinsically worthwhile starting-point would render all value open to question, the procedure seems to be self-defeating. Recommended Reading: John Passmore, Philosophical Reasoning (Basic, 1969).
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