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The idea here will be that, as the set increases in size, we can hope that each member of it is better explained by the rest. 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.

Avramides – – Mind An obvious way of showing this is to show how or that justified beliefs are more likely to be true. A pro- position is true iff it is a member of a coherent set. Empiricism and coherentism are incompatible.

So there are two separable questions here; does the necessity constitute some form of ante- cedent security for sensory beliefs, and, if so, does the antecedent security introduce an asymmetry which forces us to admit a two-tier theory of justification?

Moral Particularism in Meta-Ethics categorize this paper. For the role of a datum seems unable to be captured by a theory whose sole concern is an internal relation between beliefs. It might do this by claiming that we are justified in believing that p is true to the extent that doing so would increase the coherence of our belief-set. 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.

First, it is not the distinction itself which creates the asymmetry, but the demand that, so distinguished, the sensory beliefs support the non-sensory beliefs.


In this way coherentism makes a virtue of necessity. Sign in Create an account. Refresh and try again. We have seen contemoprary compelling reason to adopt those asymmetries yet but see 8. 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 data. Surely our theory ought somehow to show why justification is worth having, why justified beliefs ought to be sought and adopted, and unjustified ones dis- carded.

Third, it seems poss- ible, although the question is to be determined empirically, i. I would recommend this book if you already ha A while back I read the chapters that the author recommended as a first read.

Epistwmology these coherentists are saying is that the enterprise is to start from the data of experience and to construct a set of beliefs around those data which will order the data in the most systematic coherent way. We could hold that sensory beliefs have a degree of antecedent security in being prima facie reliable or justified; there will be greater degrees of antecedent security up to infallibility.

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An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology

We should ask whether there is any other theory of truth, any other account of what truth is, which fares better. John Turri – – Wiley-Blackwell. The theory of truth ought to fit the epistemology and not be allowed to ride independent of it.

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Other problems with the appeal to entailment are explored in Rescher, ,ch. If the coherence of the set would be increased by abandoning the belief and perhaps by replacing it by its opposite, the belief is not justified.

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. The notion of inference itself is asymmetrical.

Philosophy in Review 6: But if intended to represent the coherence theory as responsibly advocated, it is a gross misunderstanding. No keywords specified fix it.


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This is, after all, just what the underdetermination of theory by evidence amounts to. It gives no sense to the notion of a true set. Jiaming Chen – – Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 1: Brand Blanshard wrote that in a fully coherent system “no proposition would be arbitrary, every proposition would be entailed by the others jointly and even singly, no proposi- tion would stand outside the system” Blanshard,vol.

Each belief is to be evaluated by appeal to the role it plays in the belief-set.

Kristian D’Amato rated it liked it Jun 11, The correspon- dence theorist has this advantage because he says that there is something beyond and distinct from the competing theories, the world, which can make it the case that one is true and the rest false. So from the point of view of someone with a theory, every other theory is false because it cannot be added to the true theory.

Dancy, “Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology”. That will better prepare you for the dense presentation of material in this book. The second point is that coherence is a property of a set of beliefs, not of the members.

But don’t we do this, and do so quite reasonably, for anything we are willing to count as belief? Find it on Scholar. The problem seems to be that if one belief can be more secure than another in this way, this fact is independent of and prior to all considerations of coherence with other beliefs, and so reintroduces an johathan for jonathaan there can be no coherentist explanation. Memory 2 If others tell me that they observed an event, then probably the event did occur.

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