Philosophy, Famine Relief, and the Skeptical Challenge From Disagreement

Ratio 29 (1):89-105 (2016)

Disagreement has been grist to the mills of sceptics throughout the history of philosophy. Recently, though, some philosophers have argued that widespread philosophical disagreement supports a broad scepticism about philosophy itself. In this paper, I argue that the task for sceptics of philosophy is considerably more complex than commonly thought. The mere fact that philosophical methods fail to generate true majority views is not enough to support the sceptical challenge from disagreement. To avoid demanding something that human reasoning cannot supply, sceptics must show that philosophers have sufficient overlap to resolve their disagreements in particular concrete cases
Keywords Disagreement  Skepticism  Philosophy  Famine Relief  Jason Brennan  Peter Singer  Thomas Aquinas  Philosophical methods
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DOI 10.1111/rati.12086
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