Coherentism versus Foundationalism


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Coherentism versus Foundationalism
The inherent issue with foundationalism resides in the reality that no knowledge is ever generated without inspiration.  The reason that foundationalism violates this principle is that, although inspiration can also be considered a dependent belief that could have also been considered ‘stand alone,’ foundationalism rests on the belief that ‘knowing’ is generated as an aggregate series of beliefs that create knowledge within the realm of personal subjectivity.  Whereas knowledge itself exists only within the realm of subjectivity, inspiration can jar open or dislodge what was once thought knowledge and therefore create the anti-thesis of ‘knowing.’  At its core, foundationalism resists catharsis as a valid...
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.....antic observation that people seek out truth naturally and that the subjective discoveries of truth are only debatable because they become universal truth that are subjectively applicable, such as in mathematics. In the book, The Dragons of Eden, Carl Sagan brings to respectable notion that no true knowledge has ever been generated by people other than rediscoveries, because a person does not simply know something all of a sudden; that something intervened.
Works Cited
Sagan, Carl. The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of
Human Intelligence. Random House, 1977.
William W. Bartley: Rationality versus the theory of rationality. In Mario
Bunge (Ed.): The Critical Approach to Science and Philosophy (The
Free Press of Glencoe, 1964)