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Circularity, Non-Linear Justification and Holistic Coherentism

  • Timothy Joseph Day
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 44)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Basic Belief Coherent System Inference Relation Infinite Regress Inferential Relation 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy Joseph Day
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  1. 1.Indiana UniversityUSA

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