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Richard Feldman and Ted A. Warfield

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226078

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226078.001.0001

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You Can't Trust a Philosopher

You Can't Trust a Philosopher

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(p.91) 5 You Can't Trust a Philosopher
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Disagreement
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Richard Fumerton (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226078.003.0006

This chapter discusses disagreements in philosophy. It acknowledges that learning of peer disagreement provides a reason against a philosophical belief one holds, but argues that one can discount this sort of reason against one's view on the grounds that most philosophers are unreliable on the sort of issue in question, a fact that makes it likely that the philosopher with whom one disagrees is also unreliable. However, this way of out the sceptical puzzle posed by disagreements leads to another problem, since the reliability of a philosopher making such an argument is also called into question.

Keywords:   disagreement, justification, defeat, cognitive defects

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