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How to disagree about how to disagree

Elga, Adam (2007) How to disagree about how to disagree. [Preprint]


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When one encounters disagreement about the truth of a factual claim from a trusted advisor who has access to all of one's evidence, should that move one in the direction of the advisor's view? Conciliatory views on disagreement say "yes, at least a little." Such views are extremely natural, but they can give incoherent advice when the issue under dispute is disagreement itself. So conciliatory views stand refuted. But despite first appearances, this makes no trouble for *partly* conciliatory views: views that recommend giving ground in the face of disagreement about many matters, but not about disagreement itself.

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Item Type: Preprint
Elga, Adam
Additional Information: To appear in Richard Feldman and Ted Warfield (eds.) *Disagreement*, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Please cite published version.
Keywords: epistemology of disagreement, inductive methods, self-undermining
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
Depositing User: Adam Elga
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:15
Item ID: 3702

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