Philosophy 1020 Lecture Notes - Coherence Theory, Correspondence Theory Of Truth, Phantosmia

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14. The Coherence Theory of Truth
(October 27, 2011)
0. Biographical Details: F.H. Bradley
- 1846 - 1924
- an Oxford don
- he was a British Ideologies
- when he died, the intellectual movement kind of stopped
- he wrote 8 books
1. Review: problems with the correspondence theory
a) trouble over propositions & states of affairs
- we have seen that the correspondence theory of truth:
- the picture seemed to become very complicated as we thought about exactly what was
in correspodence -- not beliefs and things, but propositions and states of affairs
b) apparently useless for checking truth
- it is a useless theory for checking on truth, for verification
- we can't check for correspondence between beliefs and reality because, while we can
check our beliefs, we have no access to reality except via our beliefs about it
- those beliefs may alter, but they are still our beliefs
- reality is transcendent
- not independently excused
2. How in fact do we check for truth?
- the led us to ask how we do in fact check for truth
- the answer appears to be that we check for the coherence of our various beliefs with
one another
- if there is a visually based belief that the monkey is on the carpet, we would check this
belief for truth by forming
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The coherence theory of truth (october 27, 2011: biographical details: f. h. When he died, the intellectual movement kind of stopped. He wrote 8 books: review: problems with the correspondence theory, trouble over propositions & states of affairs. We have seen that the correspondence theory of truth: The picture seemed to become very complicated as we thought about exactly what was in correspodence -- not beliefs and things, but propositions and states of affairs: apparently useless for checking truth. It is a useless theory for checking on truth, for verification. We can"t check for correspondence between beliefs and reality because, while we can check our beliefs, we have no access to reality except via our beliefs about it. Those beliefs may alter, but they are still our beliefs. The led us to ask how we do in fact check for truth. The answer appears to be that we check for the coherence of our various beliefs with one another.

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