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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 episfemology this curtain just don’t look orange.

But they are still justified for a. It has a claim to acceptance because it is part of our input, part of what experience is giving us. And in this way I must depend upon the judgements of perception. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. We have no cause to concern ourselves, therefore, with non-existent belief-sets which lack empirical grounding.

Whether they can achieve this or not, coherentists face a much easier task.

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, introductiob second the somehow different justification of the sensory.

Correspondence theories try to erect an account of truth upon the undeniable remark that for a proposition to be true is for it to fit the facts. First, those objects whose justification we are considering are belief-sets, and all the belief-sets with which we are familiar our own and those of our contemporaries are as a matter of fact empirically based.


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And we cannot rely on the point that the relations of entailment only hold between members of a complete set, because this would not really capture the sense in which we aim, in expanding our belief-set, to make it more coherent. But this is a demand for something beyond mere coherence, for the relevant notion of support is intended to be asymmetrical.

But to know whether that intention is successful we need to know more exactly what coherentists mean by ‘coherent’.

Blackwell’s A Companion to Epistemology. Published January 8th by Wiley-Blackwell first published January 15th The right revision is the one that results in the most coherent new whole, but we cannot tell in advance what sort of revision is most likely to achieve this.

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It brings an asymmetry into the theory of justification in just the way that the coherentist is so keen to avoid. But I think that the mutual explanation account restates rather than replaces Blanshard’s use of entailment.

Bradley is an empiricist, in this respect expressing himself as clearly as the most ardent could wish: Find it on Scholar. So the plurality objection still has teeth. And similar notions, for instance that our sensory beliefs are our evidence or our data, have the same effect. No keywords specified fix it. This is a good overview of Contemporary Epistemology – but don’t think it is a beginners guide!


As well as this, coherentists would say we have more direct reasons to do without the asymmetries of foundationalism. Some time after I finish chapter 15, I intend to go back over this book in more detail just as I will with the couple of introductory books on metaphysics. Help Center Find contemporray research papers in: What is the link here between justification and truth?

Jonathan Dancy University of Texas at Austin. The first question vancy why the coherentist should worry about this attack at all. But perhaps the problem is that different beliefs have different degrees of antecedent security, and that empiricists characteristically hold that sensory beliefs have more of it than others do.

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Surely if the descriptions are different, they are competing, and the prize they are competing for is the prize of truth. Bruce Aune – – Philosophy in Review 6 8: Perspectives in Virtue Epistemology: Instead of answering this question directly, we can move towards it by considering an objection to any use of the notion of mutual entailment as the central element in a coherent set. The conclusion then is that coherentism is compatible with empiricism.