Review of Ted Poston's Reason and explanation: A defense of explanatory coherentism (2014, Palgrave Macmillan) [Book Review]

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews:1-7 (2015)
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Ted Poston's book Reason and Explanation: A Defense of Explanatory Coherentism is a book worthy of careful study. Poston develops and defends an explanationist theory of (epistemic) justification on which justification is a matter of explanatory coherence which in turn is a matter of conservativeness, explanatory power, and simplicity. He argues that his theory is consistent with Bayesianism. He argues, moreover, that his theory is needed as a supplement to Bayesianism. There are seven chapters. I provide a chapter-by-chapter summary along with some substantive concerns.

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William Roche
Texas Christian University


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