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1st Edition

The Epistemology of Group Disagreement

ISBN 9780367077426
Published November 24, 2020 by Routledge
292 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book brings together philosophers to investigate the nature and normativity of group disagreement. Debates in the epistemology of disagreement have mainly been concerned with idealized cases of peer disagreement between individuals. However, most real-life disagreements are complex and often take place within and between groups. Ascribing views, beliefs, and judgments to groups is a common phenomenon that is well researched in the literature on the ontology and epistemology of groups. The chapters in this volume seek to connect these literatures and to explore both intra- and inter- group disagreements. They apply their discussions to a range of political, religious, social, and scientific issues. The Epistemology of Group Disagreement is an important resource for students and scholars working on social and applied epistemology; disagreement; and topics at the intersection of epistemology, ethics, and politics.

Table of Contents

1. The Epistemology of Group Disagreement: An Introduction

Fernando Broncano-Berrocal and J. Adam Carter

2. Deliberation and Group Disagreement

Fernando Broncano-Berrocal and J. Adam Carter

3. Disagreement Within Rational Collective Agents

Javier González de Prado Salas and Xavier Donato

4. When Conciliation Frustrates the Epistemic Priorities of Groups

Mattias Skipper and Asbjørn Steglich-Petersen

5. Intra-Group Disagreement and Conciliationism

Nathan Sheff

6. Bucking the Trend – The Puzzle of Individual Dissent

Simon Barker

7. Gender and Group Disagreements

Mona Simion and Martin Miragoli

8. Disagreement and Epistemic Injustice from a Communal Perspective

Mikkel Gerken

9. Group Disagreement in Science

Kristina Rolin

10. Disagreement in a Group: Aggregation, Respect for Evidence, and Synergy

Anna-Maria Asunta Eder

11. Why Bayesian Agents Polarize

Erik J. Olsson

12. The Mirage of Individual Disagreement: Groups are all that Stand between Humanity and Epistemic Excellence

Maura Priest

13. A Plea for Complexity: The Normative Assessment of Groups’ Responses to Testimony

Nikolaj Nottelmann

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Fernando Broncano-Berrocal is a Talent Attraction Fellow at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. He works mainly in epistemology, with an emphasis on virtue epistemology, philosophy of luck, social epistemology, and collective epistemology. He is the co-editor, with J. Adam Carter, of The Epistemology of Group Disagreement (Routledge, 2021). His work has appeared in such places as Philosophical Studies, Analysis, Synthese, and Erkenntnis.

J. Adam Carter is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, UK. His expertise is mainly in epistemology with particular focus on virtue epistemology, social epistemology relativism, know-how, epistemic luck, and epistemic defeat. He is the author of Metaepistemology and Relativism (2016), co-author of A Critical Introduction to Knowledge-How (2018), and co-editor, with Fernando Broncano-Berrocal, of The Epistemology of Group Disagreement (Routledge, 2021). His work has appeared in Noûs, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, Analysis, and the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.