My Epistemology: Dialectic Coherent Pragmatism

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birch snow tire swingDialectic Discourse:

For Lakatos (1963), science is pure; It is not adulterated with human idiosyncrasies or agendas. To reach a scientific truth, contesting concepts should be dialectically argued, until arriving at a consensus.  That is, arguments are posited, then volleyed, until the final result is a gestalt of understanding that neither party could have arrived at alone; that is dialectic discourse.  It is not about persuading or breaking other conceptions, because opinions are flexible. It’s about finding the ultimate truth together. Lakatos felt that if the argument is rational, there will be no emotional adherence to one side or the other, because both parties share the ultimate goal of collaboratively reaching the truth.  But, how do you qualify truth? What is it? How do you know when you have found it? What is the criteria of truth?

Coherence Criteria of Truth:

The coherence criteria for truth allows for human limitations…

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