Making the Question Precise

Erik J. Olsson

in Against Coherence

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279999
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602665 | DOI:
Making the Question Precise

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The comparative question is raised as to whether more coherence implies a higher likelihood of truth. The chapter is devoted to making the question precise. Coherence measures are defined and compared. The relation between coherence and logical closure is scrutinized. A notion of testimonial truth conduciveness is proposed, and it is argued that it corresponds to our intuitive notion. Peter Klein and Ted A. Warfield’s counter example to the truth conduciveness of coherence is refuted. The chapter ends with a brief comparison of testimonial and explanatory coherence.

Keywords: coherence measure; explanatory coherence; logical closure; Peter Klein; truth conduciveness; Ted A. Warfield

Chapter.  6411 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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