The Relevance of Coherence


in Ethics in the Public Domain

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780198260691
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682148 | DOI:
The Relevance of Coherence

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This chapter indicates some of the leading elements in the philosophical climate of opinion which look to coherence-based accounts. It considers the merit and relevance of coherence in explaining the nature of law and of adjudication. In doing so, it mentions some points derived from the writings of theorists who favour coherence. The discussion suggests that coherence is everywhere. But it is local rather than global coherence, and it comes into its own mostly once questions of principle are resolved on other grounds. The appendix of this chapter tackles Dworkin's view on integrity and coherence.

Keywords: epistemic coherence theory; constitutive coherence; adjudication; Dworkin

Chapter.  26123 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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