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This appeal to the need for an empirical grounding manages to exclude all the more fanciful putatively coherent sets of proposi- tions from our reckoning. An alter- native account of coherence, offered in Lehrer and Sellarsdefines a coherent set as one which is consistent, complete and mutually explanatory. Click here to sign up.

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Equally, we do support our observational beliefs by appeal to our theoretical ones a weak form of foundationalism could perhaps admit this, of course; see 4.

Lucy Campbell – – Canadian Journal of Philosophy 48 2: In the last two chapters we have begun to treat our beliefs as a kind of interrelated theory, and the problem has been how the beliefs are related. There are no fixed points epistemplogy appeal to which other beliefs are assessed.

Subsequent security is security which a belief acquires as a result of its contribution to the coherence of the set.

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. Bruce Aune – – Philosophy in Review 6 8: It is partly genetic; material comes from the sense-world, and without that world knowledge could not begin.


It is manifestly false because no matter how tight our account of coherence we shall have to admit that there may be more than one coherent set of propositions. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Request removal from index. The theory of truth ought to fit the epistemology and not be allowed to ride independent of it. Science Logic and Mathematics. The test, as Bradley says, is system and not any one-directional criterion of fitting the evidence.

John Turri – – Wiley-Blackwell. The notion of coherence, on which a more completely holistic theory is based, is intended to be symmetrical. The reply to this comes in two parts. Miklos Kurthy rated it liked it Mar 17, Suppose that, as EwingRescher and Lehrer suggest, we adopt a coherence theory of justification but reject the coherence theory of truth.

The right defence against the plurality objection is offence. In fact the asymmetry is complex. These questions will be examined further epistsmology chaptersand doubt will be cast on the answer mooted here. Jiaming Chen – – Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 1: But don’t we do this, and do so quite reasonably, for anything we are willing to count as belief?

An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology

The coherentist might of course try to escape this attack by claiming that a mere distinction between sensory and non-sensory beliefs does not amount to any invidious asymmetry of the sort which is being foisted upon him. This falls short of supposing that knowledge is entirely a social phenomenon, as some would wish, but it eoistemology to that position despite taking the traditional starting point. This understanding of entailment is the basis of Reseller’s complaint that where p entails q, q is a redundant member of the set; and hence that a coherent set is infected with mutual redundancy, contrary to Blanshard’s stated intention.


Moral Particularism in Meta-Ethics categorize this paper. But if intended to represent the coherence theory as responsibly advocated, it is a gross misunderstanding. To ask other readers questions about Introduction to Contemporary Epistemologyplease sign up.

Sign in to use this feature. But this empiricist approach seems to reveal a difficulty for coherentism as a theory of justification. Bradley holds that experience provides data genetic asymmetrybut that the question whether something which appears as contemporray should remain as accepted fact is one which is not even partially determined by its origin as datum.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. We are left with a mystery.

The notion of inference itself is asymmetrical. We might perhaps suppose that a complete set contains every proposi- tion or its contradictory. One might say against it that even if we agree that all propositions, data and the rest, are justified by their contri- bution to system, there remains a crucial asymmetry which is not genetic.

It has a claim to acceptance because it is part of our input, part of what experience is giving us.