Complex Disagreement Workshop

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?

Speakers: 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).


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 11th May.

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