Equilibrium in Coherence?
The method of reflective equilibrium aims to maximize two factors in one’s beliefs: harmonious coherence, and plausibility of content.1 Analytic philosophy has long paid deference to these factors, for instance in its use of the counterexample, which attacks a principle as incoherent with the plausible (by one’s lights). A critique of this tradition has recently appeared, and it shall be my main objective here to assess its merits. An appendix will apply our results to issues of moral relativism and rationality.
KeywordsInductive Inference Elementary Logic Reflective Equilibrium Intellectual Virtue Rational Justification
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