Organon F

Volume 28, August 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


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.


Disagreement; faultless disagreement; instrumental reasons; objectivity.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Alex Davies


University of Tartu


University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu, Estonia


About this article


1 December 2020


11 May 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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Davies, A. (2021). Faultless Disagreement Contextualism. Organon F28(3), 557–580.


Davies, Alex. 2021. "Faultless Disagreement Contextualism." Organon F 28 (3): 557–580.


Davies, A. (2021). Faultless Disagreement Contextualism. Organon F, 28(3), pp. 557–580.

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