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Thus, for instance, a perfect expansion of the Sherlock Holmes stories would not have to be counted as a true description of the world, despite its coherence.

Subsequent security is security which a belief acquires as a result of its contribution to the coherence of the set. So as the system grows, that link can become stronger. So when we talk of the justification of a’s belief that p we are asking whether the proposition p forms, with other propositions which a believes, a promisingly coherent set.

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We have no independent reason to prefer to retain highly observational beliefs in preference to theoretical ones. We might perhaps suppose that a complete set contains every proposi- tion or its contradictory.

This article has no associated abstract. And like entailment, explanation should be viewed holistically rather than atomistically.

Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology. Too would recommend this book if you already have had some introductory philosophy that includes some epistemology, and have sampled of some readings in philosophy that are not to difficult.

Can we perhaps say that they are all true, or that all their members are true? And similar notions, for instance that our sensory beliefs are our evidence or our data, have the same effect. The coherentist should be a monist here; he should claim that justification is everywhere of the same sort.

The require- ment that the sensory support the non-sensory amounts to the view that justification is one-way, from sensory to non-sensory, and hence to the view that justification takes two forms, first the justifica- tion of the non-sensory by the sensory, and second the somehow different justification of the sensory.

But I think that the mutual explanation account restates rather than replaces Blanshard’s use of entailment. For Blanshard’s understanding of entailment is not the traditional dacny.


So doubts about completeness make me happy to leave it out of the definition of coherence. For he takes it, as do other coherentists such as Bradley, that there is only one coherent set, and that this set is distinguished from all rivals by being empiri- cally grounded.

One could of course take the easy way out and argue that this objection is only valid against pure coherentism, which holds that all beliefs have equal antecedent security; it gets no grip on weak coherentism, which accepts that some beliefs have greater ante- cedent security than others and can thus offer an account of the necessity that by and large items that are taken to be data should survive epistemological scrutiny.

Surely if the descriptions are different, they are competing, and the prize they are competing for is the prize of truth. All justi- fied beliefs, on a coherence account, have a degree of subsequent security. Ramel rated it really liked it Jun 17, Josh David Miller rated it liked it Apr 07, Each belief is assessed in the same way, by considering the effect of its presence on the coherence of the whole. The two accounts are supposed to fit together, as we shall see.

Revisions will be called for, and the need to revise may occur anywhere. But to know whether that intention is successful we need to know more exactly what coherentists mean by ‘coherent’.

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Ewing suggested that it would be sufficient that each member of a coherent set be entailed by all the rest Ewing,p. Is it possible then to be an empiricist and accept an asymmetrical relation between sensory and other beliefs, without thereby becoming a founda- tionalist?

The right defence against the plurality objection is offence. This is the complaint that coherentism and empiricism are incompatible. And the empiricist is here distin- guished by an attitude he takes towards his sensory beliefs; he demands more than another might before he is willing to reject them.

Is Bradley’s position, accepting one asymmetry but rejecting another, consistent? This has been a good introduction to to the broad issues in epistemology and a dialog between the various positions.

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But this account of coherence in terms of mutual entailment is disputed.

The reply contemporagy this comes in two parts. We could call this posi- tion pure coherentism; an extreme form of it maintains that no beliefs have any antecedent security at all.

Before we turn to the coherence theory of justification we need first to consider the coherence theory of truth; the two are closely connected.

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It brings an asymmetry into the theory of justification in just the way that the coherentist is so keen to avoid. We don’t always preserve the observational at the expense of the theoretical.

Foun- dationalism offers such a structure in its assertion that the direction of justification is all one-way, and in its claim that there are some comparatively fixed points in the structure, the basic beliefs.

This inrroduction short of supposing that knowledge is entirely a social phenomenon, as some would wish, but it fancy to that position despite taking the traditional starting point. This is a form of fallibilism see 4. To explain q by appeal to p is to show why q should be true, given p.

Another advantage of coherentism, suggested by Rescherp. Two comments could be made on this account of the coherent as the mutually explanatory. But then it would be difficult to find a reason for thinking that where the internal relation of justification contemlorary present, the external relation of truth is probably present too.

In fact the asymmetry is complex. Conntemporary that does not mean that they are all true. Bradley holds that nonathan provides data genetic asymmetrybut that the question whether something which appears as datum should remain as accepted fact is one which is not even partially determined by its origin as datum.

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