Luc Bovens and Stephan Hartmann

in Bayesian Epistemology

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780199269754
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601705 | DOI:

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Shows how the degree of confidence that information from multiple sources is a function of the plausibility and the coherence of the information as well as of the reliability of the sources. There is a long-standing question in epistemology about how to construct a measure that yields a coherence ordering over sets of propositions and there are various proposals in the literature. Presents an impossibility result to the effect that there cannot exist such a measure. This has implications for the coherence theory of justification.

Keywords: Bayesian coherentism; coherence measures; coherence theory of justification; coherence; impossibility theorem; information; plausibility; reliability

Chapter.  8227 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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