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Of course introductionn a belief-set grows and becomes more coherent, we have more and more reason to suppose that its members are true. So at the end of the day our two accounts of coherence collapse into each other. The right defence against the plurality objection is offence.

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Can we show in greater detail how this ingroduction possible? Avramides – – Mind If we take coherence as criterion both of truth and of justification, we have a good chance of being able to do this. The full account should be: Ocntemporary object is to have a world as comprehensive and coherent as possible, and, in order to attain this object, I have not only to reflect but perpetually to have recourse to the materials of sense.

But he also offers an account of what truth itself is, a definitional account. Another advantage of coherentism, suggested by Rescherp.

The coherentist does make this claim; he does offer a criterial account of truth, a theory about what are the criteria for truth. Any belief will remain until there is some reason to reject it. Jonathan Dancy – – Blackwell. So the plurality objection still has teeth.


Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology

The notion of coherence, on which a more completely holistic theory is based, is intended to be symmetrical. Is Bradley’s position, accepting one asymmetry but rejecting another, consistent? In our discussion of Quine 7.

Blackwell’s A Companion to Epistemology. A datum stands as such not because of any relation it bears to other beliefs, but because of its source.

An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology

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We could call this posi- tion introdution coherentism; an extreme form of it maintains that no beliefs have any antecedent security at all. First, those objects whose justification we are considering are belief-sets, and all the belief-sets with which we are familiar our own and those of our contemporaries are as a matter of fact empirically based.

John Turri – – Wiley-Blackwell. Ali Hasan – – Bloomsbury Academic. Maike Albertzart – – Journal of Value Inquiry 45 1: We do, for instance, suppose that you cannot be right when you say that this curtain looks orange to you, on the grounds that objects with the molecular structure of this curtain just don’t look orange.

What is the link here between justification and truth? Surely if the danncy are different, they are competing, and the prize they are competing for is the prize of truth. An introduction to contemporary epistemology. This article has no associated abstract. So the set of beliefs which we do construct must be empirically grounded, and this grounding in the data of experience guarantees that there will be only one set which constitutes ‘the most systematic ordering’.


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Nothing in the notion of coherence, as defined, gives us any right to say that there is a unique most coherent set. Avramides – – Mind Brand Blanshard writesvol. But if this attitude is extrinsic to those beliefs themselves, and can without damaging distortion be seen as a further belief, it is a belief which the coherentist might share. And it has a continuing role, both in our need continually to return to previous ‘data of perception’ and in our need to make sense of the continuing flow of new sensory life.

If this ‘weak coherentism’ is consistent, it would perhaps meet the demands of empiricism. Two comments could be made on this account of the coherent as the mutually explanatory. Surely, then, we have to make room for the notion of someone’s beliefs being justified, at least in part, by reference to something beyond the beliefs themselves; by reference, in fact, to his experience.

An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology. Coherentists would traditionally claim that no belief has any greater antecedent security than any other.

History of Western Philosophy.