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Gaskin on Bradley's Regress and the Unity of the Proposition



Gaskin's book The Unity of the Proposition is very rich in material. I will focus only on its central thesis: Gaskin holds that Bradley's regress (more precisely, one particular version of it) is not only innocent, but in fact philosophically significant because it plays a crucial role in solving what Gaskin calls the problem of the unity of the proposition. In what follows, I first explain what that problem is meant to be (section 1), then I present and criticise Gaskin's proposal about how Bradley's regress bears on the problem (section 2), and finally I sketch an alternative approach to the problem (section 3).