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Catherine Z. Elgin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036535

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036535.001.0001

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The Fabric of Understanding

The Fabric of Understanding

(p.63) 4 The Fabric of Understanding
True Enough

Catherine Z. Elgin

The MIT Press

Epistemic accounts must be evaluated holistically. Rather than asking whether each component sentence expresses a fact, we should ask whether the account as a whole is in reflective equilibrium. If so, it is acceptable in the epistemic circumstances. Weakly supported considerations that would not be acceptable on their own can weave together to make an epistemically acceptable account.

Keywords:   Holism, coherence, reflective equilibrium, tenability

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