Ep&Meth (Notes). Theo Todman. Dancy – Contemporary Epistemology [email protected] 19/09/ Page 1 of CONTENTS. INTRODUCTION. Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology has 69 ratings and 5 reviews. Richard said: This is a good overview of Contemporary Epistemology – but don’t th. Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology. Jonathan Dancy ยท Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l’Etranger (4) ().

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For it appears to reintroduce a distinction between two sorts of justification. Find it on Scholar. It may seem, then, that our account in terms of mutual explana- tion is an improvement on that which appeals to entailment to tie the coherent set together.

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Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. 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 coontemporary data of experience and to construct a set of beliefs around those data which will order them in the most systematic way.

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. Moral Particularism in Meta-Ethics. Of course as a belief-set grows and becomes more coherent, we have more and more reason to suppose that its members are true. The reply to this comes in two parts. Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l’Etranger 4: We shall see why soon.


Can we perhaps say that they are all true, or that all their members are true? In the coherence theory of truth they are propositions; in the coherence theory of justification they are propositions too. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. These are the main advantages which coherentists would claim for their theory. Can a coherentist make sense of this idea in his own terms? Each belief is to be evaluated by appeal to the role it plays in the belief-set.

Dxncy emerges quickly that none of the standard theories of truth have the desired consequence that there can only be one set of truths.

In this respect there is no asymmetry; all propositions in the sense, as it were, of proposals that are justified receive a justification of exactly the same sort.

Jonathan Dancy, Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology – PhilPapers

This falls short of supposing that knowledge is entirely a social phenomenon, as some would wish, but it approximates to that position despite taking the traditional starting point.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Other problems with the appeal to entailment are explored in Rescher, ,ch. The problem seems to be contemporar if one contem;orary 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.

Rodrigo Jungmann rated it really liked it Dec 01, Nothing in the notion of coherence, as defined, gives us any right to say that there is a unique most coherent set.


An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology

Recently I have picked up and read the remaining chapters one-by-one every so often chs. It may be that the belief-set cannot be further expanded; that after a while the addition of further beliefs, however it may be done, always continues to decrease the eepistemology of the growing whole.

Added to PP index Total downloads 1 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? And this is important because coherentists want to give a sense to the notion that as one’s belief-set grows, it improves we hope ; it becomes more coherent. The idea here will be that, as the set increases in size, we can hope that each member of it is better explained by the rest. And it is just as well, because there is no really clear notion of completeness available here.

Testimony of others 3 If it seems to me that a certain object eoistemology before me, then probably it is before me. In this way coherentism makes a virtue of necessity. This has been a good introduction to to the broad issues in epistemology and a dialog between the various positions.