Against Coherence: Truth, Probability, and Justification

By Erik J. Olsson | Go to book overview

Contents
1 Introduction 1
Part I Does Coherence Imply Truth?
2 Coherence, Truth, and Testimony 9
2.1 Why Coherence? 9
2.2 Coherence—an Elusive Concept 12
2.3 Pinning down the Coherence Theorist 16
2.4 Truth and Agreement 21
2.5 A Simple Witness Model 24
2.6 Conditions for Convergence 26
2.6.1 Testimonial Independence 27
2.6.2 Individual Credibility 30
2.7 Convergence Parameters 31
2.8 Challenges for the Coherence Theorist 32
3 C. I. Lewis's Radical Justification of Memory 34
3.1 The Problem of Justifying Memory 34
3.2 Lewisian Witness Scenarios 35
3.2.1 Lewis on Witness Corroboration 36
3.2.2 Lewis Scenarios and Surprising Agreement 38
3.2.3 Modelling a Lewis Scenario 39
3.3 Lewis on the Convergence Conditions 48
3.3.1 The Transcendental Argument for Individual Credibility 49
3.3.2 The Verificationist Argument for Individual Credibility 52
3.4 The Individual Credibility 'need not be Assigned' 55
3.5 A Note on Lewis's Definition of Independence 58
4 Laurence BonJour's Radical Justification of Belief 61
4.1 The Problem of Justifying Beliefs 61
4.2 BonJour on Justification from Scratch 66
4.3 Lying and Individual Credibility 69
4.4 Coordinated Lying and Independence 72
4.5 Consequences for BonJour's Anti-scepticism 74

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