Is Reflective Equilibrium a Coherentist Model?

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 23 (2):193 - 214 (1993)
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Over the last twenty years, John Rawls has developed an approach to political philosophy which appeals to the notion of reflective equilibrium. This notion has proven suggestive to those attracted to coherence approaches to justification, in ethics and in other domains as well. In this paper, I explore the question whether Rawls’s approach provides a model for a coherentist account of justification, concluding that although the discussion of reflective equilibrium has provided helpful insights it has not produced a coherentist model of justification.



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Roger P. Ebertz
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