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Single Idea 12801

[catalogued under 2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 6. Coherence]

Full Idea

Coherentists try to provide an explication of epistemic rationality in terms of a set of deductive and probabilistic relations among beliefs and properties such as simplicity, conservativeness, and explanatory power.

Gist of Idea

Coherentists seek relations among beliefs that are simple, conservative and explanatory


Richard Foley (Justified Belief as Responsible Belief [2005], p.317)

Book Reference

'Contemporary Debates in Epistemology', ed/tr. Steup,M/Sosa,E [Blackwell 2005], p.317

A Reaction

I have always like the coherentist view of justification, and now I see that this has led me to the question of explanation, which in turn has led me to essentialism. It's all coming together. Watch this space. 'Explanatory' is the key to everything!