Title

Coherence, logical

Document Type

Encyclopedia entry

Source Publication

The Cambridge encyclopedia of the language sciences

Publication Date

1-1-2011

First Page

173

Last Page

173

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Abstract

Logicians generally employ coherence and consistency as synonyms naming the absence of contradictions in a group of SENTENCES, propositions, or beliefs, where a contradiction is the conjunction of a proposition and its negation. In metaphysical terms, logical incoherence or contradiction is the impossible instantiation of a property and some other, incompatible property, as in "the circle was square." Epistemically, a contradiction is an irrational belief in both a proposition and its denial.

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2011 Cambridge University Press

Additional Information

ISBN of the source publication: 9780521866897

Recommended Citation

Livingston, P. (2011). Coherence, logical. In P. C. Hogan (Ed.), The Cambridge encyclopedia of the language sciences (pp. 173-173). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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