Synthese 156 (3):405 - 425 (2007)

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Igor Douven
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
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This paper aims to contribute to our understanding of the notion of coherence by explicating in probabilistic terms, step by step, what seem to be our most basic intuitions about that notion, to wit, that coherence is a matter of hanging or fitting together, and that coherence is a matter of degree. A qualitative theory of coherence will serve as a stepping stone to formulate a set of quantitative measures of coherence, each of which seems to capture well the aforementioned intuitions. Subsequently it will be argued that one of those measures does better than the others in light of some more specific intuitions about coherence. This measure will be defended against two seemingly obvious objections.
Keywords Coherence  Probability  Bayesian epistemology
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-006-9131-z
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