• Putnam and Davidson on coherence, truth, and justification

    Author(s):
    Lajos Brons (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    Analytical philosophy, Philosophy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Donald Davidson, Hilary Putnam, Coherence Theory
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M63T1Q
    Abstract:
    Putnam and Davidson both defended coherence theories of justification from the early 1980s onward. There are interesting similarities between these theories, and Putnam’s philosophical development lead to further convergence in the 1990s. The most conspicuous difference between Putnam’s and Davidson’s theories is that they appear to fundamentally disagree on the role and nature of conceptual schemes, but a closer look reveals that they are not as far apart on this issue as usually assumed. The veridicality of perceptual beliefs is a cornerstone of both Davidson’s and Putnam’s later (but not earlier) coherentism. However, this thesis introduces a form of weak foundationalism into their theories, and consequently, those are strictly speaking not pure coherence theories, but hybrids between coherentism and foundationalism.
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    Published
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