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So all beliefs have an ante- cedent security, in this sense. Whether a coherentist ought to be an empiricist is a different question, which we shall meet again in chapter Notice, however, that the theory does not identify truth with coherence. 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.

Perhaps we are impressed by the plurality objection.

Moral Knowledge and Intuitions. To capture this, classical coherentists use the notion of entailment p entails q iff, given p, q must be true. Can a coherentist make sense of this idea in his own terms?

The Theory of Knowledge: Coherentists welcome it and claim that their approach reveals the strength of fallibilism; fallibilism is not an unfortunate defect but an essential part of the epistemological enterprise, the drive continually to revise in the search for greater coherence.

Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology by Jonathan Dancy

But I think that this would be to miss the point. Jonathan Dancy – – Philosophical Contemporady 42 3: The conclusion then is that coherentism is compatible with empiricism. 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.

So when we talk of jonnathan 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.

An introduction to contemporary epistemology.

So the set of beliefs which we do construct must be empirically grounded, and this grounding in the data of experience guarantees that there will be only one set which constitutes ‘the most systematic ordering’. But entailment as tradi- tionally understood is not a matter of degree. Coherentists would claim that this holistic theory fits our actual practice far better than the more restrictive foundationalist account.


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. The reply to this comes in two parts. And it is the basis of our remark above that entail- ment is not a matter of degree. Request removal from index.

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It is as if coherentists start from the traditional egocentric problem of what each of us is justified in believing. Moral Particularism in Meta-Ethics. But we might be persuaded by the argument above to suppose that sensory beliefs do have an antecedent security that others lack.

But it looks straightaway as if weak coherentism is in danger of being just another name for a form of foundationalism. These are the main advantages which coherentists would claim for their theory. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Explanation thus reveals entailment, jntroduction Blanshard’s sense.

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So in this respect also our theory of truth fits our theory of justification. Lucy Campbell – – Canadian Journal of Philosophy 48 2: This defence, however important, is less than complete. The first contempporary is why the coherentist should worry about this attack at all. Coherentists also suppose that just as their approach provides a possible justification of induction, so it offers a general stance from which the sceptic can be defused, if not rebutted.

The alternative is intoduction suppose that justifica- tion is a matter of internal coherence, a question of fit joonathan objects that are all of the same sort, while truth is a matter of the correspondence between propositions and objects of a different sort, facts or states of affairs.


Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology

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. There jonathah no discussion topics on this book yet. Only those people who hold no theory at all contemporray view all theories from outside can give a sense to the notion of incompatibility between theories beyond that which the coheren- tist has already given.

But there is no such thing as a theory-free, external, viewpoint. If we take coherence as criterion both of truth and of justification, we have a good chance of being able to do this. But the coherentist seems to have one promising avenue here. What 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.

In practice there are no taboos on what can be appealed to in support of what and no requirements about which sorts of statements should be retained in preference to others if there is a clash.

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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.