Internalism = coherentism

Many epistemologists accept the mentalist version of internalism about rationality. In a slogan, this is the view that rationality supervenes on the mental states that the relevant thinker has at
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Many epistemologists accept the mentalist version of internalism about rationality. In a slogan, this is the view that rationality supervenes on the mental states that the relevant thinker has at the relevant time. Coherentism, as I shall understand it here, is the view that rationality requires nothing except that one’s mental states should cohere in certain ways: for it to be rational for you to have a certain belief (or other attitude) at a certain time is just for your having that belief (or attitude) at that time to be part of a system of mental states that meet all these rational requirements of coherence. I shall argue here that given the right understanding of what “coherence” is, the only plausible form of internalism is equivalent to coherentism. First let me give a slightly more precise statement of this mentalist-internalist view. According to this view, whether or not a belief or attitude of some other kind counts as rational or as irrational depends, not on the. . .

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