Defending confirmational chorism against holism: Limited coherence and coordination as sources of epistemic justification
Devitt, Susannah K. (2014) Defending confirmational chorism against holism: Limited coherence and coordination as sources of epistemic justification. In 10th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science, 8-10 December 2014, Monash University, Melbourne, Vic. (Unpublished)
This paper examines the role of coherence as a source of epistemic justification, particularly the argument that all beliefs must cohere within one’s ‘web of belief’, aka confirmational holism. Confirmational holism runs across a potentially devastating argument that a more coherent set of beliefs resulting from the addition of a belief to a less coherent set of beliefs is less likely to be true than the less coherent set of beliefs. I propose confirmational chorism (CC) to avoid this troubling outcome. CC posits that coherence adds epistemic justification by limited, logically consistent sets of beliefs exhibiting a satisficing degree of strength, inferential and explanatory connection. Limited coherence may resolve the above argument, but raises the need for another kind of justification: coordination (integration across sets of beliefs). Belief coordination requires suppressing some beliefs and communicating other beliefs to ensure convergence on the right action for performance success. Thus, a belief in any particular context is justified not just because it is reliably formed and coherent, but also because of how it is coordinated between local and holistic goals.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||coherence, bayesianism, confirmational chorism, coordination|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Decision Theory (220302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Philosophy of Cognition (220312)
|Divisions:||Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||2014 Susannah Kate Devitt|
|Deposited On:||11 Sep 2016 23:31|
|Last Modified:||12 Sep 2016 05:27|
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