Carroll’s Infinite Regress and the Act of Diagramming

Topoi 38 (3):619-626 (2019)
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The infinite regress of Carroll’s ‘What the Tortoise said to Achilles’ is interpreted as a problem in the epistemology of mathematical proof. An approach to the problem that is both diagrammatic and non-logical is presented with respect to a specific inference of elementary geometry.

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John Mumma
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