BonJour’s Coherentism

  • Alan H. Goldman
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 44)


In The Structure of Empirical Knowledge, Laurence BonJour defends a coherence theory of justification as part of a standard analysis of knowledge as justified true belief. Justification attaches first to systems of beliefs, in so far as they are internally coherent, as viewed from the perspective of the subject whose beliefs they are. Particular beliefs are justified if and only if they are part of a coherent system of beliefs (and to the degree to which the system of which they are a part is coherent). Coherence is measured not simply in terms of consistency, but in terms of inductive, probabilistic, and explanatory connections among members of the set.


Belief System True Belief Justify Belief Coherent System Internal Coherence 
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  1. BonJour, Laurence. The Structure of Empirical Knowledge. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1985.Google Scholar
  2. Goldman, Alan. Empirical Knowledge. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.Google Scholar

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan H. Goldman
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  1. 1.University of MiamiUSA

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