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So the plurality objection still has teeth. An alter- native account of coherence, offered in Lehrer and Sellarsdefines a coherent set as one which is consistent, complete and mutually explanatory. This notion of justifica- tion is relative to individual believers.

To do this we may need to reject some of the data, but we cannot reject them all because our very aim is to make sense of what we have as intoduction. History of Western Philosophy.

These are the main advantages which coherentists would claim for their theory. The situation might remind us of Quine’s thesis of the underdeter- mination of theory by evidence. Testimony of others 3 If it seems to me jonafhan a certain object is before me, then probably it is before me.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In this respect there is no asymmetry; all propositions in the sense, as it were, of proposals that are justified receive a justification of exactly the same sort. And similar notions, for instance that our sensory beliefs are our evidence or our data, have the same effect. History of Western Philosophy. Is it possible contemporsry to be an empiricist and accept an asymmetrical relation jonathhan sensory and other beliefs, without thereby becoming a founda- tionalist?

If the weak coherentist is distinguished by his willingness to admit different degrees of antecedent security, his position is genuinely and unnecessarily weak. But unfor- tunately, even when we have ruled out all such coherent sets, there will be more than one remaining.


If this is right, pure coherentism is stronger than weak coherent- ism. This appeal to the need for an empirical grounding manages to exclude all the jonathhan fanciful putatively coherent sets of proposi- tions from our reckoning. It may seem, then, that our account in terms of mutual explana- tion is an improvement on that which appeals to entailment to tie the coherent set together.

The classic example of this question is our third sceptical argument 1. But this empiricist approach seems to reveal a difficulty for coherentism as a theory of justification. And if there are competing principles, as when we consider an alternative to 1 which includes a restriction to certain circumstances, then that alternative is justified whose use most increases the coherence of the whole.

And this is a weakness not shared by his opponent. After all, the coherentist must admit that the competing theories are all true since they are all equally coherentwhile the correspondence theorist can say that one is true and the others false.

In that case the members of the set are not all true, because they cannot all be members of a genuinely coherent whole. No keywords specified fix it. A pro- position is true iff it is a member of a coherent set. But consistency and completeness were not enough; they did not capture the feeling that a coherent set stuck together or fitted together in a special way.

If a coherentist requires for justification that all cognitive elements be interconnected, there is no possibility that beliefs wholly disconnected from sensory experience might yet count as justified, once we take experience to be cognitive.

Log In Sign Up. Books by Jonathan Dancy. Remember me on this computer. Many philosophers who have shown an interest in the coherence theory of truth have disputed the view that the theory offers a defini- tion of truth on the grounds that, taken that way, the theory is manifestly false e.

Dancy, “Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology”. If the set is more coherent with this belief as a member rather than with any alternative, the belief is justified. Can we show in greater detail how this is possible? And this is the sort of way in which the coherentist should seek to justify empiricism. Avramides – – Mind Jonathan Dancy – – Blackwell.


Ewing suggested that it would be sufficient that each member of a coherent set be entailed by all the rest Ewing,p. Moral Particularism in Meta-Ethics. 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.

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After all, prima facie reliability and such characteristics were mentioned in 4. Ramel rated it really liked it Jun 17, Open Preview See a Problem? Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l’Etranger 4: Justification can grow, but as it grows it need not be approaching truth.

The sense in which, on the theory, truth is one thing and justification another does not detract from the advantage of having a smooth link between justification and truth. If our different coherent sets are all of them verging on complete, if they constitute complete but different descriptions of the world, how can we admit that all the parts of these different descriptions of the world are true?

Given that there is to be this asymmetry, can the coherentist cope with it? A Critical Introduction to the Epistemology of Perception. Offers the student a well-organized presentation of material relating to scepticism, to various philosophical accounts of knowledge and justification, to theories of perception, and more.

If we take coherence as criterion both of truth and of justification, we have a good chance of being able to do contemporry. Paperbackpages.