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Belief in the Face of Controversy

Hilary Kornblith

in Disagreement

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199226078
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594236 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226078.003.0003
Belief in the Face of Controversy

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This chapter examines differences among disagreements in different domains. It notes that in some domains disagreements usually can be readily resolved, in others consensus often emerges over time. However, it is argued that the dynamics of consensus building in philosophy is quite dissimilar to what is found in mathematics and science. These considerations lead to the conclusion that philosophical beliefs held in the face of peer disagreement are typically not justified.

Keywords: disagreement; disagreement in philosophy; consensus; justification

Chapter.  10488 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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