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The Current State of the Coherence Theory

Critical Essays on the Epistemic Theories of Keith Lehrer and Laurence BonJour, with Replies

  • Editors
  • John W. Bender

Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 44)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages ix-ix
  3. abstracts of contributed essays

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. John W. Bender
      Pages 16-25
  4. focus: the work of keith lehrer

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Wayne A. Davis, John W. Bender
      Pages 52-68
    3. Richard Feldman
      Pages 69-76
    4. Bruce Russell
      Pages 94-102
  5. focus: laurence bonjour’s

About this book


The subtitle of this book should be read as a qualification as much as an elaboration of the title. If the goal were completeness, then this book would have included essays on the work of other philosophers such as Wilfrid Sellars, Nicholas Rescher, Donald Davidson, Gilbert Harman and Michael Williams. Although it would be incorrect to say that each of these writers has set forth a version of the coherence theory of justification and knowledge, it is clear that their work is directly relevant, and reaction to it could easily fill a companion volume. This book concentrates, however, on the theories of Keith Lehrer and Laurence BonJour, and I doubt that any epistemologist would deny that they are presently the two leading proponents of coherentism. A sure indication of this was the ease with which the papers in this volume were solicited and delivered. The many authors represented here were willing, prepared, and excited to join in the discussion of BonJour's and Lehrer's recent writings. I thank each one personally for agreeing so freely to contribute. All of the essays but two are published for the first time here. Marshall Swain's and Alvin Goldman's papers were originally presented at a symposium on BonJour's The Structure of Empirical Knowledge at the annual meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago, Illinois, in April, 1987.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Current State of the Coherence Theory
  • Book Subtitle Critical Essays on the Epistemic Theories of Keith Lehrer and Laurence BonJour, with Replies
  • Editors J. Bender
  • Series Title Philosophical Studies Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-0220-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-7563-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-2360-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 294
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
    Philosophy of Mind
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