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Reason and Explanation

A Defense of Explanatory Coherentism

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Part of the Palgrave Innovations in Philosophy book series (PIIP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ted Poston
    Pages 1-17
  3. Ted Poston
    Pages 18-44
  4. Ted Poston
    Pages 45-68
  5. Ted Poston
    Pages 69-109
  6. Ted Poston
    Pages 110-128
  7. Ted Poston
    Pages 149-181
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 182-195

About this book


In this new explanationist account of epistemic justification, Poston argues that the explanatory virtues provide all the materials necessary for a plausible account of justified belief. There are no purely autonomous reasons. Rather reasons occur only within an explanatory coherent set of beliefs.


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About the authors

Ted Poston is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Alabama, USA. His primary areas of research are epistemology and philosophy of science. He has written many articles in journals such as American Philosophical Quarterly, Dialectica, Episteme, Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenology Research, Res Philosophica, and The Southern Journal of Philosophy.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Reason and Explanation
  • Book Subtitle A Defense of Explanatory Coherentism
  • Authors T. Poston
  • Series Title Palgrave Innovations in Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-01225-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-43655-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-01226-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 195
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
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“In this interesting book, Ted Poston delivers an original and powerful defence of explanatory coherentism about justification. … an inspiring monograph that actually advances research in this field Scholars and postgraduates interested in the recent debate on coherentism about epistemic justification should definitely read this book.” (Luca Moretti, The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 67 (266), January, 2017)