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Evaluate coherence theory of justification

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Evaluate coherence theory of justification Cohertism is an alternative to foundationalism, cohertism is the idea that new information is well justified and accepted as knowledge if it coheres (agrees) with our existing knowledge in a mutually supporting network Coherentism offers answers to some of the problems that arise with foundationalism, and therefore it offers an alternative or additional means of justify our belief systems. And in these systems we hold hundreds of beliefs that support each other coherently. However some beliefs that we hold do not necessary fit with our coherent set of beliefs, for example I hold that ghosts exist as dead people, however I also belief that when people die they are just dead, so I keep the belief that when people die they are just dead, and keep that in the system with hundreds of other beliefs about most things in my ...read more.


you are using beliefs to justify others couldn't it just be one big circular argument that self-prophises a whole set of beliefs based a pon itself. And is it really sensible to reject one set of beliefs simply because of the amount of beliefs I have in another, as the smaller one could still be true and the evidence more valid than the first. But on the plus side it does seem that most people in everyday life seem to go with whats most coherent and reject ideas that don't fit, so it seems sensible to suggest that this is how we aquire knowledge and the system that we keep it in. It also serves as a good alternative to foundationlism as foundationlism can seem too simplistic and doesn't explain how beliefs at the top of the pile can justify the bottom. ...read more.


it exists", "now here is another" in my opinion he hasn't really thought this through, he cannot really know his hand exists, only that he has an experience that he thinks looks, feels, smells, etc like he has two hands. But this does not mean that have to exist they are not indubitable (immune to doubt) for certain truths (a priori) cannot be false 2+2=4 but the statement I have two hands is A posteriori and its truth value in my opinion has not yet been determined, there seems too many problems between saying I sense something that seems like the world, and saying I know the world exists, because seeing it alone does not justify its existence it could be many other things, a cunning hologram, the matrix, a evil demon, it just seems that anyone who claims such a statement isn't really a philsopher. ...read more.

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