Contemporary Responses to Agrippa's Trilemma

Peter D. Klein

in The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195183214
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Contemporary Responses to Agrippa's Trilemma

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This article discusses contemporary response to the epistemic regress problem or Agrippa's trilemma. The epistemic regress problem is considered the most crucial in the entire theory of knowledge and it is a major concern for many contemporary epistemologists. However, only two of the three alternative solutions have been developed in any detail, foundationalism and coherentism. Infinitism was not seriously considered as a solution because of the finite-mind objection. This article also provides a brief evaluation of foundationalism, emergent coherentism, and infinitism.

Keywords: epistemic regress problem; Agrippa's trilemma; theory of knowledge; foundationalism; coherentism; finite-mind objection; infinitism

Article.  10288 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Epistemology ; History of Western Philosophy

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