What is Deep Disagreement?

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Christopher Ranalli
VU University Amsterdam
What is the nature of deep disagreement? In this paper, I consider two similar albeit seemingly rival answers to this question: the Wittgensteinian theory, according to which deep disagreements are disagreements over hinge propositions, and the fundamental epistemic principle theory, according to which deep disagreements are disagreements over fundamental epistemic principles. I assess these theories against a set of desiderata for a satisfactory theory of deep disagreement, and argue that while the fundamental epistemic principle theory does better than the Wittgensteinian theory on this score, the fundamental epistemic principle theory nevertheless struggles to explain the variety of deep disagreement.
Keywords Deep disagreement  Fundamental epistemic principles  Hinge propositions  Wittgenstein  Normative disagreement  Metaphysical disagreement
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DOI 10.1007/s11245-018-9600-2
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