Organon F

Volume 28, August 2021, Issue 3, Pages 531–556

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article | Special issue on Value in Language

Illocutionary Disagreement in Faultless Disagreement

Natalia Karczewska


The debates over the problem of faultless disagreement have played a major role in shaping the landscape of today’s semantic theories. In my paper, I argue that even though the existent contextualism-friendly proposals explain a lot of disagreement data by specifying various ways in which speakers may use subjective predicates, neither provides a satisfactory account which would explain what all the subjective disagreements have in common. In particular, what is lacking is an explanation of the persistent autocentric cases (Lasersohn 2004), i.e., disagreements in which each speaker utters a subjective sentence while openly and knowingly occupying his or her own perspective. In my paper, I offer a solution which consists in supplementing the standard contextualist semantics with an explanation of this most problematic class of cases, which is possible due to redescribing the phenomena in speech act nomenclature.


Contextualism; commitment; faultless disagreement; speech act theory; value terms.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Natalia Karczewska


University of Warsaw


Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, University of Warsaw, 00-927 Warszawa, Poland.


About this article


3 December 2020


8 August 2021

Published online

30 August 2021


Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

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Karczewska, N. (2021). Illocutionary Disagreement in Faultless Disagreement. Organon F28(3), 531–556.


Karczewska, Natalia. 2021. "Illocutionary Disagreement in Faultless Disagreement." Organon F 28 (3): 531–556.


Karczewska, N. (2021). Illocutionary Disagreement in Faultless Disagreement. Organon F, 28(3), pp. 531–556.

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