Philosophy and Disagreement

Critica 43 (127):3-25 (2011)
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Brian Ribeiro
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Abstract
Disagreement as we find it in both the history and the contemporary practice of philosophy is an inadequately understood phenomenon. In this paper I outline and motivate the problem of disagreement, arguing that "hard cases" of disagreement confront us with an unresolved, and seemingly unresolvable, challenge to the rationality of philosophical discourse, thereby raising the specter of a worrisome form of metaphilosophical skepticism. A variety of responses and attempted evasions are considered, though none are found to be particularly satisfying: Thus, the specter remains unexorcised.
Keywords disagreement  consensus  metaphilosophy  skepticism
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