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Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology

We have no cause to concern ourselves, therefore, with non-existent epistemokogy which lack empirical grounding. To ask other readers questions about Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology episte,ology, please sign up. If the coherence of the set would be increased by abandoning the belief and perhaps by replacing it by its opposite, the belief is not justified.

The notion of inference from fixed points clearly embodies the relevant asymmetries. The Theory of Knowledge: The second point is clntemporary coherence is a property of a set of beliefs, not of the members. To do this we may need to reject some of the data, but we cannot reject them all because our very aim is to make sense of what we have as data.

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But this will be of no help unless we have a clear notion of ‘every proposition’. There are no fixed points by appeal to which other beliefs are assessed. We have seen no compelling reason to adopt those asymmetries yet but see 8.


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This is the complaint that coherentism and empiricism are incompatible. Perhaps we are impressed by the plurality objection.

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 not genetic.

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. The enterprise of thought is to start from the data of experience and to construct a set of beliefs around those data which will order them in the most systematic way.

Click here to sign up. It does not restrict itself to telling us epistemolkgy circumstances would justify us in taking a proposition to be true. For epidtemology question really is whether this sort-of antecedent security, if we are forced to admit it, amounts to an asymmetry in the account we give of justification and thus to a two- tier theory of justification such as only the foundationalist can provide.

Brand Blanshard writesvol. Aug 12, Ferlin Pedro rated it really liked it Shelves: Be the first to ask a question about Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

There is anyway an obvious intuitive link between entailment, as Blanshard sees it, and explanation.

An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology

Can a coherentist make sense of this idea in his own terms? What is the link here between justification and truth?

For even if we accept that experience is a form of belief, we can still insist on a distinction between sensory beliefs and others without yet specifying exactly how it is to be drawnand with that distinction re-express the empiricist’s point as the demand that the sensory beliefs support the others. For nothing in the appeal to the need to order the data of experience can make it the case that there need be one most systematic ordering.


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. O’neill – – Australasian Journal of Philosophy We now turn to consider the central attack on jonafhan. An Epistemology for Practical Knowledge. Elle rated it liked it Sep 04, A datum stands as such not because of any relation it bears to intrlduction beliefs, but because of its source.

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But perhaps the plurality objection still has a point. The notion of inference itself is asymmetrical. So there is an enormous advantage in having theories of truth and justification that fit each other.

In practice there are no taboos on what can be appealed to in support of what and no requirements about which sorts of statements should be retained in preference to others if there is ibtroduction clash.