BonJour’s Coherence Theory of Justification

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


Laurence BonJour’s book, The Structure of Empirical Knowledge, is among the most detailed and resourceful efforts to present a coherence theory of empirical justification produced thus far. Although my own account of justification is different in kind from BonJour’s, there is much that I admire in his work. Some of what I admire is solidly substantive, including specific examples, arguments, and instances of philosophical theorizing. I also find admirable the refreshing candor with which BonJour approaches epistemology. There is no pretense here of having found all the answers, nor even all the questions for which answers may be required. There is instead a healthy sense of speculation and a willingness to admit that the solutions to certain problems are out of reach at the present time.


Belief System Justify Belief Externalist View Epistemic Justification Coherence Theory 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marshall Swain
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  1. 1.Ohio State UniversityUSA

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