Chapter

Conditions for Coherence—2

Richard Swinburne

in The Coherence of Theism

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240709
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598586 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198240708.003.0003

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Conditions for Coherence—2

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For a sentence to express a statement, it must contain meaningful words (i.e. words with semantic and syntactic criteria for their use). The only way to prove a statement to be incoherent is to show that it entails an obviously incoherent statement, and the main way to prove a statement coherent is to show that it is entailed by an obviously coherent statement. The whole process thus depends on intuitions about what else is coherent or incoherent. But there is an indirect way of showing a statement to be coherent—by showing that by normal inductive criteria there is actual evidence in favour of its truth.

Keywords: coherence; incoherence; meaningfulness

Chapter.  8569 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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