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We can call it the plurality objection. But Blanshard does not conceive of entailment in this way, as we would expect of anyone who is a holist in the theory of meaning.
To ask other readers questions about Introduction to Contemporary Epistemologyplease sign up. For the system had as a prime aim the need to make sense of the sense-world; even if in carrying out that aim we reject some elements of that world there remains an asymmetry in the purpose of systematisation.
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Coherentists would traditionally claim that no belief has any greater antecedent security than any other. Propositions are true to the extent that there is a coherent set of which they are members.
So when we talk of the justification of a’s belief that p introductlon are asking whether the proposition p forms, with other propositions which a believes, a promisingly coherent set.
Maike Albertzart – – Journal of Value Inquiry 45 1: The first question is why the coherentist should worry about this attack at all. But perhaps the plurality objection still has a point. Sign in to use this feature.
A datum stands as such not because of any relation it bears to other beliefs, but because of its source. If it does, we have here an argument as epistemoloogy against weak as against pure coherentism. In our discussion of Quine 7.
An alter- native account of coherence, offered in Lehrer and Epistwmologydefines a coherent set as one which is consistent, complete and mutually explanatory. 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. This objection to the coherence theory of truth is standard. This is the view that the relation is crucially asymmetri- cal; that there is an asymmetrical distinction adncy evidence and theory under which evidence confirms and disconfirms theory in a way in which theory cannot confirm or disconfirm evidence.
If we take coherence as criterion both of truth and of justification, we have a good chance of being able to intrlduction this.
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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. Nicolas Valentino rated it liked it Nov 04, Dancy, “Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology”.
The coherentist should be a monist here; he should claim that justification is everywhere of the same sort. 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.
The coherence of a belief-set goes to make its members justified; the coherence of a set of propositions, believed or not, goes to make its members true. But that does not mean that they are all true. We now turn to consider the central attack on coherentism. Hence only one of these competing sets can contain nothing but truths, and the coherence theory of truth is wrong.
Open Contempogary See a Problem? Lists with This Book. But if intended to represent the coherence theory as responsibly advocated, it is a gross misunderstanding. Bradley is willing to accept that the sense-world plays a special role in epistemology, but he is unwilling to accept that that special role emerges in the sort of asymmetry which characterises founda- tionalism ibid.
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Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology. Ramel rated it really liked it Jun 17, For the role of a datum seems unable to be captured by a theory whose sole concern is an internal relation between beliefs. An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology.
Bruce Aune – – Philosophy in Review 6 8: He has been put in the position of maintaining that belief-sets which bear no relation to anyone’s experience may have all the defining characteristics of coherence. 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.
Jonathan Dancy University of Texas epistemoloty Austin. 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.