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Single Idea 2732

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / B. Internal Justification / 5. Coherentism / c. Coherentism critique]

Full Idea

That 7+5=12 and that carrots are nourishing are mutually consistent, but do not exhibit coherence.

Gist of Idea

Maths may be consistent with observations, but not coherent


Robert Audi (Epistemology: contemporary introduction [1998], VII p.192)

Book Reference

Audi,Robert: 'Epistemology: a contemporary introduction' [Routledge 1998], p.192

A Reaction

This shows how difficult it would be to define 'coherent'. Is 'carrots are nourishing' coherent with 'fish are nourishing'? Is the battle of Hastings coherent with the battle of Waterloo?