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Why Coherence Matters

Hartmann, Stephan and Trpin, Borut (2023) Why Coherence Matters. [Preprint]


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Explicating the concept of coherence and establishing a measure for assessing the coherence of an information set are two of the most important tasks of coherentist epistemology. To this end, several principles have been proposed to guide the specification of a measure of coherence. We depart from this prevailing path by challenging two well-established and prima facie plausible principles: Agreement and Dependence. Instead, we propose a new probabilistic measure of coherence that combines basic intuitions of both principles, but without strictly satisfying either of them. It is then shown that the new measure outperforms alternative measures in terms of its truth-tracking properties. We consider this feature to be central and argue that coherence matters because it is likely to be our best available guide to truth, at least when more direct evidence is unavailable.

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Item Type: Preprint
Trpin, Borutborut.trpin@lrz.uni-muenchen.de0000-0002-1121-9388
Keywords: coherence, epistemic principles, truth-tracking, Bayesian coherentism, formal epistemology
Subjects: General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Depositing User: Dr. Borut Trpin
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2023 02:19
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2023 02:19
Item ID: 22792
Subjects: General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Date: 23 November 2023

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