Single Idea 21515

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / B. Internal Justification / 5. Coherentism / a. Coherence as justification]

Full Idea

While coherence may lack the positive role many have assigned to it, ...incoherence plays an important negative role in our enquiries.

Gist of Idea

Incoherence may be more important for enquiry than coherence


Erik J. Olsson (Against Coherence [2005], 10.1)

Book Reference

Olsson,Erik J.: 'Against Coherence' [OUP 2008], p.175

A Reaction

[He cites Peirce as the main source for this idea] We can hardly by deeply impressed by incoherence if we have no sense of coherence. Incoherence is just one of many markers for theory failure. Missing the target, bad concepts...