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But there is no such thing as a theory-free, external, viewpoint. Ali Hasan – – Bloomsbury Academic. The first question is why the coherentist should worry ontroduction this attack at all. 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. Indeed, can we make sense of the idea of a system within which each member entails all the rest? 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.

No categories specified categorize this paper. Dancy – – Mind 95 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. Remember me on this computer. It is partly genetic; material comes from the sense-world, and without that world contemporaty could not begin.

If this is right, pure coherentism is stronger than weak coherent- ism. Blanshard is arguing that the plurality objection fails to appreciate the empiricist character introducton his coherentism.

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The two accounts are supposed to fit together, as we shall see. Added to PP index Total downloads 1 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Data stand for acceptance into our world in the same way and by the same criteria as does any other proposition.


Recently I have picked up and read the remaining chapters jonaathan every so often chs. And this is the sort of way in which the coherentist should seek to justify empiricism.

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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 right defence against the plurality objection is offence.

The removal of a sensory belief will create greater disturbance and require more to justify it, simply because the characteristic empiricist belief is part of the belief-set too. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

John Turri – – Wiley-Blackwell. In this respect there epiistemology no asymmetry; all propositions in the sense, as it were, of proposals that are justified receive a justification of exactly the same sort. This is, after all, just what the underdetermination of theory by evidence amounts to. The full account should be: Science Logic and Mathematics. Not all these reasons are of equal weight, but I shall mention three.

This has been intrduction good introduction to to the broad issues in epistemology and a dialog between the various positions.

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But I think that this would be to miss the point. 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.

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. Emma rated it liked it Feb 06, Edit this record Mark as duplicate Export citation Find it on Scholar Request removal from index Translate to english Revision history. 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.


First we can say that for the coherentist each theory is incompatible with every other because one cannot embrace two theories at once, on pain of loss of coherence.

An Epistemology for Practical Knowledge. Explanations can improve in quality; this accounts for the contempoeary of justification. Second, epistemoogy seem to be good independent reasons why even a coherentist must ascribe to the sensory beliefs some special role in the epistemology of the individual. Each belief is assessed in the same way, by considering the effect of its presence on the coherence of the whole. 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.

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Continental Philosophy categorize this paper. I 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. Faheem Hussain rated it did not like it Jul 23,