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First Criterion: Coherence

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The criterion to be presented in this chapter is coherence. In this book Lorenz B. Puntel convincingly shows how sentences have different meanings dependent on their theoretical framework, and that sentences often become ambiguous if it is unclear what kind of ontology they presuppose. The most important function is to present the criterion of coherence. This criterion is non-negotiable in this book, and that means that coherence is the stable criterion against which all else is measured here. The author also present Puntel's ontology, including his understanding of truth, language, world, and other aspects of his thoughts that have methodological relevance for this book. The book focuses on the coherence and the three aspects of coherence. In the book, Nicholas Rescher defined truth as correspondence with reality, but used coherence as a criterion for truth.

Keywords: coherence; Nicholas Rescher; Puntel's ontology



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