1st Edition

The Epistemology of Group Disagreement

Edited By Fernando Broncano-Berrocal, J. Adam Carter Copyright 2021
    292 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.