Attn Van Tillian Presups. -Re:Epistemology

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Dan....

Puritan Board Sophomore
From Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistemology

Foundationalists respond to the regress problem by claiming that some beliefs that support other beliefs do not themselves require justification by other beliefs. Sometimes, these beliefs, labeled "foundational", are characterized as beliefs that one is directly aware of the truth of, or as beliefs that are self-justifying, or as beliefs that are infallible. According to one particularly permissive form of foundationalism, a belief may count as foundational, in the sense that it may be presumed true until defeating evidence appears, as long as the belief seems to its believer to be true.[citation needed] Others have argued that a belief is justified if it is based on perception or certain a priori considerations.

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Another response to the regress problem is coherentism, which is the rejection of the assumption that the regress proceeds according to a pattern of linear justification. The original coherentist model for chains of reasoning was circular.[citation needed] This model was broadly repudiated, for obvious reasons.[citation needed] Most coherentists now hold that an individual belief is not justified circularly, but by the way it fits together (coheres) with the rest of the belief system of which it is a part.[citation needed] This theory has the advantage of avoiding the infinite regress without claiming special, possibly arbitrary status for some particular class of beliefs. Yet, since a system can be coherent while also being wrong, coherentists face the difficulty in ensuring that the whole system corresponds to reality.

Is Van Tillian view of knowledge foundationalist, coherentialist, a combination of both, or neither? Please explain.

(If you are Clarkian, do not reply to this thread. I made another thread specific to the Clarkian apologetics).
 

VanVos

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Vantil presup is transcendental in nature. Therefore it gleans from or overlaps with both foundationalism and coherentism. Foundational in the sense that it posits the triune God of scripture as the precondition/foundation for the intelligibility of man's experience. Coherent in that it is Christianity alone that can account for human knowledge.

VanVos
 

JohnV

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
Dan:

There's a thread to which Clarkians may answer, but not VanTillians, a thread VanTillians may answer but not Clarkians, but no thread to which "other" may answer but not VanTillians or Clarkians. I'm not asking for one, but wondering if "other" has any standing around here? ;)

Or if not "other", maybe "neither".
 
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