Circularity, Non-Linear Justification and Holistic Coherentism
Laurence BonJour defends the coherence theory against the charge of circularity.1 Part of his defense seems to rely on a non-linear theory of inferential justification. In this paper I will examine this response to the charge of circularity. I hope to show that BonJour (and other amenable coherentists) can and do respond to the circularity problem but that the response does not rely on any non-linear theory of inferential justification. The response instead relies on some more fundamental features of the coherentist view.
KeywordsBasic Belief Coherent System Inference Relation Infinite Regress Inferential Relation
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