Opschorting en Onenigheid

Translated title of the contribution: Suspension and Disagreement

P. M. van der Kolk, Sander Verhaegh

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Some sceptics claim that in cases of peer disagreement, we ought to suspend judgment about the topic of discussion. In this paper, we argue that the sceptic’s conclusions are only correct in some scenarios. We show that the sceptic’s conclusion is built on two premises (the principle of evidential symmetry and the principle of evidentialism) and argue that both premises are incorrect. First, we show that although it is often rational to suspend judgment when an epistemic peer disagrees with you, peer disagreements are not symmetrical. Next, we argue that even if one assumes that peer disagreements are symmetrical, it might still be rational to stick to one’s guns in the light of peer disagreement.
Translated title of the contributionSuspension and Disagreement
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)37-52
JournalAlgemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


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