The Epistemic Benefits of Disagreement

  • Kirk Lougheed

Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 51)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Epistemology of Disagreement: The Current Debate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kirk Lougheed
      Pages 19-35
    3. Kirk Lougheed
      Pages 37-58
  3. The Epistemic Benefits of Disagreement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Kirk Lougheed
      Pages 61-82
    3. Kirk Lougheed
      Pages 111-126

About this book


This book presents an original discussion and analysis of epistemic peer disagreement. It reviews a wide range of cases from the literature, and extends the definition of epistemic peerhood  with respect to the current one, to account for the actual variability found in real-world examples. The book offers a number of arguments supporting the variability in the nature and in the range of disagreements, and outlines the main benefits of disagreement among peers i.e. what the author calls the benefits to inquiry argument. 


Epistemology of Disagreement Conciliationism Epistemic Peer Benefits to Inquiry Argument Non-conciliationism Epistemic Justification Alethic vs Non-alethic Experts Web of Beliefs Diachronic/Synchronic Reasons

Authors and affiliations

  • Kirk Lougheed
    • 1
  1. 1.Concordia University of EdmontonEdmontonCanada

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