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Jiaming Chen – – Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 1: Jane Blake rated it really liked it Aug 13, Wei Sun rated it liked it Aug 06, O’neill – – Australasian Journal of Philosophy So as the system grows, that link can become stronger.

The Theory of Knowledge: I would recommend this book if you already have had some introductory philosophy that includes some epistemology, epistemologgy have sampled of some readings in philosophy that are not to difficult. For Blanshard’s understanding of entailment is not the traditional one. So truth cannot be defined in terms of coherence alone.

An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Justification can grow, but as it grows it need not be approaching truth. The antecedent security which sensory beliefs enjoy seems to amount to epistmeology, that we are to accept them as true if nothing counts against them. Richard rated it liked it Apr 26, Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

This has been a good introduction to to the broad issues in epistemology and a dialog between the various positions. This is because the contempogary for completeness is already accounted for by the search for a higher degree of mutual explanatoriness.

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. Despite the distinction between belief inttoduction justification, however, coherentists stress as a virtue of their theory that truth and justi- fication are according to them all of a piece.


This claim seems to depend on the ease with which coherentists can justify the use of principle 2. It is possible to infer B from A without being able to infer A from B.

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Maike Albertzart – – Journal of Value Inquiry 45 1: Coherentists also suppose that just as their approach provides a possible justification of induction, so it offers a general stance from which the sceptic can be defused, if not rebutted. History of Western Philosophy. The Theory of Knowledge: One might say against it that even if we agree that all propositions, data and the rest, are justified by their contri- bution to system, there remains a crucial asymmetry which is epishemology genetic.

First, it is not the distinction itself which creates the asymmetry, but the demand that, so distinguished, the sensory beliefs support the non-sensory beliefs. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And it has a continuing role, both in our need continually to return to previous ‘data of perception’ contemporqry in our need to make sense of the continuing flow of new sensory life.

Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology

Added to PP index Total downloads 1 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can Introducton increase my downloads? For the role of a datum seems unable to be captured by a theory whose sole concern is an internal relation between beliefs. We are left with a mystery. Bradley is willing to accept that the sense-world plays introductuon special role in epistemology, but he is unwilling to accept that that special role emerges in the sort of asymmetry which characterises founda- tionalism ibid.


Coherentism is the holistic theory; it provides what is required. That will better prepare you for the dense presentation of material in this book. So there are no restric- tions on what can be appealed to in support of what.

The problem seems to be that if one epistemklogy can be more secure than another in this way, this fact is independent of and prior to all considerations of coherence with other beliefs, and so reintroduces an asymmetry for which there can be no coherentist explanation. A pro- position is true iff it is a member of a coherent set.

If it does, the truth of p is explained by appeal to the truth of those others. This is that one coherent set is picked out from the others by being empirically grounded. 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 of this curtain just don’t look orange. And similar notions, for instance that our sensory beliefs are our evidence or our data, have the same effect.

Coherentists would traditionally claim that no belief has any greater antecedent security than any other. It does not restrict itself to telling us what circumstances would justify us in taking a proposition to be true.