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The Epistemology of Disagreement
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The Epistemology of Disagreement: New Essays

David Christensen and Jennifer Lackey


This volume brings together eleven essays from twelve philosophers writing on the epistemic significance of disagreement. Stewart Cohen, John Hawthorne and Amia Srinivasan, and Thomas Kelly all address the question of when (if ever) the disagreement of others requires a rational agent to revise her beliefs, or compromises an agent’s knowledge. David Christensen and Brian Weatherson discuss the question of whether accounts on which agents are required to revise their beliefs in the face of disagreement suffer from fatal problems of self‐defeat, given the disagreement about disagreement. Bryan F ... More

Keywords: philosophy, epistemology, disagreement, rational belief, knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199698370
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Christensen, editor
Brown University

Jennifer Lackey, editor
Northwestern University

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David Christensen and Jennifer Lackey

Part I The Debate between Conciliatory and Steadfast Theorists A. Steadfastness

A. Steadfastness

1 Disagreement Without Transparency

John Hawthorne and Amia Srinivasan

B. Conciliation

4 Epistemic Modesty Defended1

David Christensen

Part II Disagreement in Philosophy

Part III New Concepts and New Problems in the Epistemology of Disagreement

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