Coherentist Theories of Epistemic Justification

[Revised entry by Erik Olsson on February 3, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] According to the coherence theory of justification, also known as coherentism, a belief or set of beliefs is
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[Revised entry by Erik Olsson on February 3, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] According to the coherence theory of justification, also known as coherentism, a belief or set of beliefs is justified, or justifiably held, just in case the belief coheres with a set of beliefs, the set forms a coherent system or some variation on these themes. The coherence theory of justification should be distinguished from the coherence theory of truth. The former is a theory of what it means for a belief or a set of beliefs to be justified, or for a subject to be justified in holding the belief or set of beliefs. The...

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