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But unfor- tunately, even when we have ruled out all such coherent sets, there will be more than one remaining. 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.

Sign in Create an account. Bradley added Bradley,pp. Request removal from index. This objection, like so many other annihilating criticisms, would have more point if anyone had ever held the theory it demolishes. It epistemolpgy 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.

And if there are competing principles, as when we consider an alternative to 1 which xontemporary a restriction to certain circumstances, then that alternative is justified whose use most increases the coherence of the whole. Moral Particularism in Meta-Ethics categorize this paper. Dancy, “Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology”. In our discussion of Quine 7. Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology.

And this does not introduce two forms of justification. 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.

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?


It is not a completely unbiased guide to all sides of the arguments – but Dancy does make it clear that he is expressing in many parts his views. Memory 2 If others tell me that they observed an event, then probably the event did occur.

If this is right, pure coherentism is stronger than weak coherent- ism. As well as this, coherentists would say we have more direct reasons to do without the asymmetries of foundationalism. 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 cintemporary.

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. But they are still justified for a. Introductioon the absence of fixed points and the lack of any clues about where revision should start, we know that at any time our belief-set is merely provisional.

First, those objects whose justification we are considering are belief-sets, and all the belief-sets with which we are familiar our introductioon and those of our contemporaries are as a matter of fact empirically based. And this is important because coherentists want to give a sense to the notion that as one’s belief-set grows, it improves we hope ; it becomes more coherent.

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. But they may not be; indeed it is always quite probable that further expansion will require revision somewhere. It is as if coherentists start from the traditional egocentric problem of what each of us is justified in believing.

I agree that we depend vitally on the sense-world, that our material comes from it, and that apart from it knowledge could not begin. And it is the basis of our remark above that entail- ment dxncy not a matter of degree.


And this is the sort of way in which the coherentist should seek to justify empiricism. History of Western Philosophy. Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l’Etranger 4: Evie rated it really liked it May 16, Instead, it defines truth for members of sets. And if he does share it, the required results will emerge.

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Bradley holds that experience 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. It is manifestly false because no matter how tight our account of coherence we shall have to admit that there may be more than one coherent set of propositions. 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.

We have no independent reason to prefer to retain highly observational beliefs in preference to theoretical ones.

Before we turn to the coherence theory of justification we need first to consider the coherence theory of truth; the two are closely connected. But they can intrdouction justified in the now familiar way, by appeal to the increase in coherence which results from the adoption of a principle. Blackwell’s A Companion to Epistemology.

An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology

We might try to do so by distinguishing between two sorts of security that beliefs can have, antecedent and subsequent. Skip to main content.

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