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Faultless Disagreement Contextualism

In: Organon F, vol. 28, no. 3
Alex Davies


Year, pages: 2021, 557 - 580
Language: eng
Disagreement; faultless disagreement; instrumental reasons; objectivity.
Article type: Research Article
About article:
It is widely assumed that the possibility of faultless disagreement is to be explained by the peculiar semantics and/or pragmatics of special kinds of linguistic construction. For instance, if A asserts “o is F” and B asserts this sentence’s denial, A and B can disagree faultlessly only if they employ the right kind of predicate as their “F”. In this paper, I present an argument against this assumption. Focusing on the special case when the expression of interest is a predicate, I present a series of examples in which the same pairs of sentences are employed, but in different contexts. In some cases, we get an impression of faultless disagreement and in some cases we don’t. I identify a pattern across these contexts and conclude that faultless disagreement is made possible, not by a special kind of predicate, but instead by a special kind of context.
How to cite:
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Davies, A. 2021. Faultless Disagreement Contextualism. In Organon F, vol. 28, no.3, pp. 557-580. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28304

Davies, A. (2021). Faultless Disagreement Contextualism. Organon F, 28(3), 557-580. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28304
About edition:
Publisher: Filozofický ústav SAV, Filosofický ústav AVČR
Published: 30. 8. 2021
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License (CC BY-NC 4.0)