Title

What is (dis)agreement?

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

Publication Date

12-15-2016

Volume

Advance online publication

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.

Abstract

When do we agree? The answer might once have seemed simple and obvious; we agree that pwhen we each believe that p. But from a formal epistemological perspective, where degrees of belief are more fundamental than beliefs, this answer is unsatisfactory. On the one hand, there is reason to suppose that it is false; degrees of belief about p might differ when beliefs simpliciter on p do not. On the other hand, even if it is true, it is too vague; for what it is to believe simpliciter ought to be explained in terms of degrees of belief.

This paper presents several possible notions of agreement, and corresponding notions of disagreement. It indicates how the findings are fruitful for the epistemology of disagreement, with special reference to the notion of epistemic peerhood.

DOI

10.1111/phpr.12354

Print ISSN

00318205

E-ISSN

19331592

Funding Information

This paper results from an ongoing General Research Fund project on ‘ComputationalSocial Epistemology and Scientific Method’ (#341413), funded by Hong Kong’s Research Grants Council.

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Recommended Citation

Rowbottom, D. P. (2016). What is (dis)agreement? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/phpr.12354