Foundationalism and Coherentism From a Contextualist Point of View

Blome-Tillmann, Michael (2003) Foundationalism and Coherentism From a Contextualist Point of View. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 42-43.


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Here is the picture classical foundationalism draws of empirical justification: Our system of beliefs is structured like a pyramid, it consists of a broad foundation of perceptual beliefs, i.e. beliefs reporting the contents of our perceptual states, and a superstructure of worldly beliefs, i.e. beliefs reporting what is going on in the world around us. The beliefs building the foundation, the perceptual beliefs, are to be justified noninferentially, by direct appeal to our perceptual experiences, while the beliefs in the superstructure, beliefs about what is going on in the world around us, are to be justified inferentially, i.e. by appeal to other beliefs. Ultimately, our worldly beliefs thus rest on our perceptual beliefs, which in turn draw upon our perceptual experiences.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Foundationalism; Coherentism; Contextualism; Davidson, D.; McDowell, J.; Rorty, R.; Sellars, W.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Bewußtseinsphilosophie, Philosophie des Geistes und der Psychologie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52

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