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Organon F

Volume 28, May 2021, Issue 3, Pages 557–580

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

Research Article | Special issue on Value in Language

Faultless Disagreement Contextualism

Alex Davies

https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28304

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Disagreement; faultless disagreement; instrumental reasons; objectivity.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Author

Alex Davies

Affiliation

University of Tartu

Address

University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu, Estonia

E-mail

alexander.stewart.davies@ut.ee

About this article

Received

1 December 2020

Accepted

11 May 2021

Published online

30 August 2021

Publishers

Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as

APA

Davies, A. (2021). Faultless Disagreement Contextualism. Organon F28(3), 557–580. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28304

Chicago

Davies, Alex. 2021. "Faultless Disagreement Contextualism." Organon F 28 (3): 557–580. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28304

Harvard

Davies, A. (2021). Faultless Disagreement Contextualism. Organon F, 28(3), pp. 557–580. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28304

Copyright information

© Alex Davies

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