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Complex Disagreement

Research Project: Epistemology: Current Themes

19th May 2016 - 20th May 2016

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Confirmed speakers include: Simon Barker (Sheffield), Michael Brady (Glasgow), Fernando Broncano-Berrocal (Copenhagen), Paul Faulkner (Sheffield), Katherine Hawley (St. Andrews), Eileen John (Warwick), Klemens Kappel (Copenhagen) , Martin Kusch (Vienna) , Thomas Raleigh (NTNU), Katia Samoilova (Tübingen), Brian Weatherson (Michigan)

We disagree in politics, science, philosophy and everyday life. Usually, these disagreements are assumed to concern ordinary individual beliefs, or sets of individual beliefs. Much of the recent discussion in the epistemology of disagreement has concentrated on such cases. However, our disagreements are often more complex in that they involve states other than individual beliefs. We disagree about whom or what to trust, about which epistemic norms to accept, about which basic assumptions about the world (hinges) to accept, or indeed about what or whom to have faith in. These non-belief disagreements are interesting and important in their own right, and in many cases they underlie the more ordinary disagreements. The question we want to focus on in this workshop is this: should we conciliate or remain steadfast in disagreements ranging over states other than individual beliefs? Is reasonable disagreement over such states possible?


Thursday 19th May

  • 09.15-10.15: Klemens Kappel ‘How Should We Rationally Respond to Deep Disagreement?’
  • 10.15-10.45 Coffee
  • 10.45-11.45: Thomas Raleigh ‘Disagreement and Suspension of Judgement’
  • 11.45-12.45: Eileen John ‘Divided by Feeling’
  • 12.45-14:00: Lunch
  • 14:00-15:00: Brian Weatherson ‘Asymmetries in Disagreement’
  • 15:00-15:30 Coffee
  • 15.30-16.30: Katia Samoilova ‘Introspective Disagreement and Scepticism’
  • 16.30-17.30: Michael Brady ‘Emotional Disagreement’

Friday 20th May

  • 09.15-10.15: Paul Faulkner ‘Agency and Disagreement’
  • 10:15-10:45: Coffee
  • 10.45-11.45: Simon Barker ‘Disagreement, Transparency and Epistemic Norms’
  • 11.45-12.45: Martin Kusch ‘Peer Disagreement, Certainties, Relativism’
  • 12.45-14.00: Lunch
  • 14.00-15.00: Fernando Broncano and Mona Simion ‘Disagreement and Epistemic Improvement’
  • 15:00-16.00: Katherine Hawley ‘Trust and Disagreement’

Registration is free of charge, but if you plan to attend please email arche@st-andrews.ac.uk by 11th May.

This workshop is organised by Katherine Hawley (St Andrews) and Klemens Kappel (Copenhagen)


19th May 2016
20th May 2016


School V
United College, St Salvator's Quad
St Andrews, KY16 9AL United Kingdom
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Other events in Epistemology: Current Themes

Apr 2020: Uncertainty and Rationality Conference – cancelled

Jul 2019: Group Agency and Belief Workshop

Dec 2015: Epistemic Incoherence

Jan 2016: Philosophical Progress

May 2016: Testimony and Context

Jun 2016: Sensing Strange Things

Sep 2016: The Metaphysics of Knowledge I: Epistemic Indexing

Jun 2017: Blame and Norms

Dec 2017: Metaphysics of Knowledge Workshop II