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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. To do this we may need to reject some of the data, but we cannot reject them all because our very aim is to conntemporary sense of what we have as data.

Ali Hasan – – Bloomsbury Academic. Can we perhaps say that they are all true, or that all their members are true? Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

But that does not clntemporary that they are all true. Instead, it defines truth for members of sets. 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. Find it on Scholar. Introduction jonahtan Contemporary Epistemology. And the notion of mutual explanation is clearly symmetrical, in the required sense.

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contempofary But as long as facts and 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? These questions will be examined further in chaptersand doubt will be cast on the answer mooted here. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Thus, for instance, a perfect expansion of the Sherlock Holmes stories would not have to be counted as a true description of the world, despite its coherence.


Skip to main content. Faheem Hussain rated it did not like it Jul 23, But they may not be; indeed it is always quite probable that further expansion will require revision somewhere.

It brings an asymmetry into the theory of justification in just the way that the coherentist is so keen to avoid. Wei Sun rated it liked it Aug 06, Request removal from index. But they are still justified for a. 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. This is that one coherent set is picked out from the others by being empirically grounded.

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If we contempogary coherence as criterion both of truth and of justification, we have a good chance of being able to do this. We shall see why soon. 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.


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’. Only those people who hold no theory at all but 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.

Third, it seems poss- ible, although the question is to be determined empirically, i. Certainly the traditional intrroduction of the coherence theory, the correspondence theory, faces the same difficulties.

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This understanding of entailment is the basis of Reseller’s complaint that where p entails q, q is a redundant member epistsmology the set; and hence that a coherent set is infected with mutual redundancy, contrary to Blanshard’s stated intention. Sign in to use this feature. Paperbackpages. For him it is an empirical question whether at the end of the day a more coherent system will result from the adoption of the empiricist ‘ attitude to sensory beliefs; whether this form of empiricist stubborn- ness will eventually pay off.