Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Coherence theory: coherence of a system of sentences, not primaryly with respect to objects of the world, but to integration with prior knowledge.
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McDowell, John
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Coherence Theory I 172
Definition "unforced coherence theory/McDowell: the thesis that the exercise of spontaneity has no external constraints - it can be controlled in a rational way by the facts if the facts manifest themselves in the experience. This is a control from outside of thought, not from outside of the thinkable.
DavidsonVs: spontaneity is not subject to any external rational conditions. McDowellVsDavidson: so his coherence theory is without control.
I 49
McDowellVsCoherence theory: it threatens to seperate idea and reality.

J. McDowell
Geist und Welt Frankfurt 2001

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-25