Reason and Explanation

Reason and Explanation

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Reason and Explanation develops a novel explanationist account of epistemic justification. Poston argues that the explanatory virtues provide all the materials necessary for a plausible account of justified belief. The justification of a subject's belief consists in the explanatory virtues of the entire set of the subject's beliefs in comparison with other sets of beliefs she could have. Poston's argument for explanatory coherentism involves a defense of the epistemic value of background beliefs, the development of a novel framework view of reasons, and the articulation of a mentalist, evidentialist account of explanatory coherentism. Poston also argues against foundationalist attempts to ground facts about justification in sense experience. He extends the argument against foundationalism by examining how a priori justification consists in one's overall explanatory position. Finally, Poston articulates a compatiblist position regarding the relationship between inference to the best explanation and Bayesianism.Gertler, B. (2011). Self-Knowledge ... A. (2011). Toward a synthesis of reliabilism and evidentialism? in Trent Dougherty (ed.) ... Good, I. (1960). The paradox of confirmation, The British Journal for the Philosophy ofScience 11(42): 145a€“149. Goodman ... Logic and conversation in A.P. Martinich (ed.) ... Aspects of Scientific Explanation and Other Essays in the Philosophy of Science, The Free Press. Hempelanbsp;...

Title:Reason and Explanation
Author: Ted Poston
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-08-04

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