A new solution to the problem of peer disagreement

Ruth Weintraub*

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In this paper, I defend a new solution to the problem of peer disagreement, the question as to how you should respond when you learn that your ‘epistemic peer’ disagrees with you about some issue (tomorrow’s weather, the permissibility of abortion, the existence of universals). I consider four (familiar) test cases that together impugn every extant full-blown theory about peer disagreement. I present my own solution, show that it delivers the intuitive verdict in the test cases and address some objections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)795-811
Number of pages17
JournalInquiry (United Kingdom)
Issue number8
StatePublished - 13 Sep 2020


  • Peer disagreement
  • conciliationism
  • justificationism
  • total evidence view


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