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Single Idea 18701

[catalogued under 3. Truth / D. Coherence Truth / 1. Coherence Truth]

Full Idea

According to the coherence theory of truth, for our thoughts to be true is not for them to be about objects, but only for them to cohere with one another. This is rather terrifying.

Gist of Idea

The coherence theory says truth is coherence of thoughts, and not about objects


Tim Button (The Limits of Reason [2013], 14.2)

Book Reference

Button,Tim: 'The Limits of Realism' [OUP 2013], p.143

A Reaction

Davidson espoused this view in 1983, but then gave it up. It strikes me as either a daft view of truth, or a denial of truth. The coherence theory of justification, on the other hand, is correct.