Personal Coherence, Objectivity, and Reliability

  • G. J. Mattey
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 44)


The most troubling criticism of coherence theories of justification is that coherence within a system has no apparent connection with the truth. Johnathan Dancy claims that coherence theories leave us with a “mystery,” insofar as “it would be difficult to find a reason for thinking that where the internal relation of justification is present, the external relation of truth is present also” (117). John Pollock calls this the “isolation argument.” “According to coherence theories, justification is ultimately a matter of relations between propositions one believes, and has nothing to do with the way the world is. But our objective in seeking knowledge is to find out the way the world is. Thus coherence theories are inadequate” (76).1


Justify Belief Objective Probability Verific System Acceptance System Perceptual Belief 
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  • G. J. Mattey
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  1. 1.University of California at DavisUSA

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