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Disagreement Without Transparency: Some Bleak Thoughts

Srinivasan, A; Hawthorne, J; (2013) Disagreement Without Transparency: Some Bleak Thoughts. In: Christensen, D and Lackey, J, (eds.) The Epistemology of Disagreement. (pp. 9-30). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

What ought one to do, epistemically speaking, when one encounters a disagreement? John Hawthorne and Amia Srinivasan argue that the search for satisfying and stable answers to this question will not be rewarded. This is because of the fact of non-transparency: that there are no conditions (including mental state conditions) such that we are always in a position to know whether they obtain. Non-transparency creates systematic problems for the project of formulating intuitive and stable epistemic norms. This chapter illustrates how this plays out in the special case of disagreement. It concludes with some tentative remarks about where this might leave the problem of disagreement, and the project of formulating epistemic norms more generally.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Disagreement Without Transparency: Some Bleak Thoughts
ISBN: 0199698376
ISBN-13: 9780199698370
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698370.001.0001
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698370...
Language: English
Additional information: pp. 9-30, The Epistemology of Disagreement: New Essays, edited by David Christensen and Jennifer Lackey, 2013, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-epistemology-of-disagreement-9780199698370?cc=gb&lang=en&
Keywords: disagreement, defeat, knowledge, norms, Angelika Kratzer, luminosity, ought, semantics, transparency, Timothy Williamson
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1471882
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