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Making the Question Precise

Erik J. Olsson

in Against Coherence: Truth, Probability, and Justification

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780199279999
eISBN:
9780191602665
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199279993.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The comparative question is raised as to whether more coherence implies a higher likelihood of truth. The chapter is devoted to making the question precise. Coherence measures are defined and ... More


Other Coherence Theories

Erik J. Olsson

in Against Coherence: Truth, Probability, and Justification

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780199279999
eISBN:
9780191602665
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199279993.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Other accounts of coherence are described and compared with the present theory. They include those of Nicholas Rescher, Donald Davidson, Keith Lehrer, and Paul Thagard, whereby the latter’s theory of ... More


Theory Appraisal: Inference to the Best Explanation

Brian D. Haig

in Investigating the Psychological World: Scientific Method in the Behavioral Sciences

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262027366
eISBN:
9780262322379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027366.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Clinical Psychology

This chapter recommends the use of inference to the best explanation for evaluating the worth of theories in psychology. It is suggested that it is a more appropriate account of theory appraisal than ... More


On Evidence in Philosophy

William G. Lycan

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198829720
eISBN:
9780191868221
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829720.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book offers an epistemology of philosophy itself, a partial method for philosophical inquiry. The epistemology features three ultimate sources of justified philosophical belief. First, common ... More


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