, Volume 193, Issue 10, pp 3383–3395

Competing accounts of contrastive coherence


DOI: 10.1007/s11229-015-0937-4

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Schippers, M. Synthese (2016) 193: 3383. doi:10.1007/s11229-015-0937-4


The proposition that Tweety is a bird coheres better with the proposition that Tweety has wings than with the proposition that Tweety cannot fly. This relationship of contrastive coherence is the focus of the present paper. Based on recent work in formal epistemology we consider various possibilities to model this relationship by means of probability theory. In a second step we consider different applications of these models. Among others, we offer a coherentist interpretation of the conjunction fallacy.


Contrastivism Coherence Probability Confirmation  Bayesian epistemology Conjunction fallacy 

Funding information

Funder NameGrant NumberFunding Note
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • SI 1731/1-1

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OldenburgOldenburgGermany

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