Single Idea 17660

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / B. Internal Justification / 5. Coherentism / b. Pro-coherentism]

Full Idea

Discovery often amounts, as when I place a piece in a jigsaw puzzle, not to arrival at a proposition for declaration or defense, but to finding a fit.

Gist of Idea

Discovery is often just finding a fit, like a jigsaw puzzle


Nelson Goodman (Ways of Worldmaking [1978], 1.7)

Book Reference

Goodman,Nelson: 'Ways of Worldmaking' [Hackett 1984], p.21

A Reaction

I find Goodman's views here pretty alien, but I like this bit. Coherence really rocks.