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The Coherence Theory of Knowledge

Keith Lehrer

in Metamind

Published in print June 1990 | ISBN: 9780198248507
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681141 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248507.003.0011
The Coherence Theory of Knowledge

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The analysis of knowledge embedded in the theory is traditional in form but not in content. It is in the tradition of undefeated justified true belief analyses. The salient character of the theory of knowledge is contained in the theory of justification, which is the intersection of the subjective, the mental operations of the knower, and the objective, the truth about reality. The coherence theory of justification on which the coherence theory of knowledge rests effects the truth connection and explains the intersection between the mind and the world. The explanation depends on people's conception of themselves as trustworthy with respect to some matters is some circumstances, and untrustworthy about other matters in other circumstances. If people are as trustworthy as they think they are, then acceptance is justified.

Keywords: theory of knowledge; justification; mental operations; coherence; acceptance; reasonableness; probability; causal theory; reliability; convergence

Chapter.  9288 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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