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13. Knowledge Criteria / B. Internal Justification / 5. Coherentism / b. Pro-coherentism

[reasons in favour of the coherentist view]

16 ideas
A rational account of a wagon would mean knowledge of its hundred parts [Plato]
Encounters with things confuse the mind, and internal comparisons bring clarity [Spinoza]
Scientific truths are supported by mutual agreement, as well as agreement with the phenomena [Leibniz]
Objects are treated as real when they connect with other experiences in a normal way [Russell]
Congruents assertions increase the probability of each individual assertion in the set [Lewis,CI]
We can no more expect a precise definition of coherence than we can of the moral ideal [Ewing]
Discovery is often just finding a fit, like a jigsaw puzzle [Goodman]
Coherence avoids scepticism, because it doesn't rely on unprovable foundations [Harman]
If it is empirical propositions which have to be coherent, this eliminates coherent fiction [Dancy,J]
A well written novel cannot possibly match a real belief system for coherence [Bonjour]
The objection that a negated system is equally coherent assume that coherence is consistency [Bonjour]
A coherent system can be justified with initial beliefs lacking all credibility [Bonjour]
The best explanation of coherent observations is they are caused by and correspond to reality [Bonjour]
Bayesians build near-certainty from lots of reasonably probable beliefs [Sorensen]
As science investigates more phenomena, the theories it needs decreases [Bird]
Reasons for beliefs can be cited to others, unlike a raw headache experience [Pryor]