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Against Coherence: Truth, Probability, and Justification

Erik J. Olsson


According to the popular coherence theory of knowledge and justification, if a person's beliefs are coherent, they are also likely to be true. This book is the most extensive and detailed study of coherence and probability to date. The book takes the reader through much of the history of the subject, from early theorists like A. C. Ewing and C. I. Lewis to contemporary figures like Laurence BonJour and C. A. J. Coady. The arguments presented are general enough to cover coherence between any items of information, including those deriving from belief, memory, or testimony. It is argued that cohe ... More

Keywords: belief, belief acquisition, coherence, incoherence, justification, knowledge, memory, probability, testimony, truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199279999
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199279993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik J. Olsson, author
University of Lund, Sweden