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A datum stands as such not because of any relation it bears to other beliefs, but because of its source. Each belief is to be evaluated by appeal to the role it plays in the belief-set. But he also offers an account of what truth itself is, a definitional account.

But the coherentist seems to have one promising jonahtan here. To this world, I agree, we have forever to return, not only to gain new matter but to confirm and increase the old. To capture this, classical coherentists use the notion of entailment p entails q iff, given p, q must be true.

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It may be that the belief-set cannot be further expanded; that after a while the addition of further beliefs, however it may be done, always continues to decrease the coherence of the growing whole. Can we perhaps say that they are all true, or that all their members eancy true?

Further principles might be: Notice, however, that the introducttion does not identify truth with coherence. And like entailment, explanation should be viewed holistically rather than atomistically. But if this attitude is extrinsic to those beliefs themselves, and can without damaging distortion be seen as a further belief, it is a belief which the coherentist might share.

A few bits I had to read several clntemporary to understand. So a belief can be true without being justified and justified without being true, on the coherence account.


A while back I read the chapters that the author recommended as a first read. It might do this by claiming that we are justified in believing that introductino is true to the extent that doing so would increase the coherence of our belief-set. 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 danccy justification takes two forms, first the justifica- tion of the non-sensory by the sensory, and second the somehow different justification of the sensory.

Two comments could be made on this account of the coherent as the mutually explanatory. This complex asymmetry is one which echoes if I can reverse the temporal order Quine’s arguments for the verification theory of meaning; these were either genetic, as when he writes of the sort of meaning which is basic to the learning of one’s language, or continuing, as when he writes of the ijtroduction of meaning that is basic to translation 7.

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An alter- native account of coherence, offered in Lehrer and Sellarsdefines a coherent set as one which is consistent, complete and mutually explanatory. It brings an asymmetry into the theory of justification in just the way that the coherentist is so keen to avoid.

Justification can grow, but as it grows it need not be approaching truth. 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.

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The full account should be: 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. There are no fixed points by appeal to which other beliefs are assessed.


This falls short of supposing that knowledge is entirely a social phenomenon, as some would wish, but it approximates to that position despite taking the traditional starting point. It is partly genetic; material comes from the sense-world, and without that world knowledge could not begin.

Jerrod rated it it was amazing Sep 22, Eric rated it really liked it Nov 30, But as long as facts jonahtan true proposi- tions are kept separate from each other, what is there to prevent there being two distinct sets of propositions which “fit the facts” equally well? Recently I have picked up and read the remaining chapters one-by-one every so often chs. The coherentist does make itnroduction claim; he does offer a criterial account of truth, a theory about what are the criteria for truth.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Instead, it defines truth for members of sets. It is not a complete This is a good overview of Contemporary Epistemology – but don’t think it is a beginners guide!

Elle rated it liked it Sep 04, But to know whether that intention dncy successful we need to know more exactly what coherentists mean by ‘coherent’. Explanation thus reveals entailment, in Blanshard’s sense. For he takes it, as do other coherentists such as Bradley, that there eistemology only one coherent set, and that this set is distinguished from all rivals by being empiri- cally grounded.

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.