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2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 6. Coherence

[principles of mutual support between propositions]

24 ideas
A rational account is essentially a weaving together of things with names [Plato]
Maybe everything could be demonstrated, if demonstration can be reciprocal or circular [Aristotle]
If one proposition is deduced from another, they are more certain together than alone [Russell]
Full coherence might involve consistency and mutual entailment of all propositions [Blanshard, by Dancy,J]
Coherence is consilience, simplicity, analogy, and fitting into a web of belief [Smart]
We need comprehensiveness, as well as self-coherence [Smart]
Reasoning aims at increasing explanatory coherence [Harman]
Reason conservatively: stick to your beliefs, and prefer reasoning that preserves most of them [Harman]
A coherent conceptual scheme contains best explanations of most of your beliefs [Harman]
A false proposition isn't truer because it is part of a coherent system [Cartwright,R]
If the only aim was consistent beliefs then new evidence and experiments would be irrelevant [Goldman]
We may end up with a huge theory of carefully constructed falsehoods [Fraassen]
We can't attain a coherent system by lopping off any beliefs that won't fit [Sosa]
Why should we prefer coherent beliefs? [Klein,P]
The negation of all my beliefs about my current headache would be fully coherent [Sosa]
Coherence can't be validated by appeal to coherence [Bonjour]
For any given area, there seem to be a huge number of possible coherent systems of beliefs [Bonjour]
Coherence is a primitive, intuitive notion, not reduced to something formal [Shapiro]
Coherence problems have positive and negative restraints; solutions maximise constraint satisfaction [Thagard]
Coherence is explanatory, deductive, conceptual, analogical, perceptual, and deliberative [Thagard]
Explanatory coherence needs symmetry,explanation,analogy,data priority, contradiction,competition,acceptance [Thagard]
Coherentists seek relations among beliefs that are simple, conservative and explanatory [Foley]
How can multiple statements, none of which is tenable, conjoin to yield a tenable conclusion? [Elgin]
Statements that are consistent, cotenable and supportive are roughly true [Elgin]