Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Major

Philosophy

Date of Defense

4-19-2013

Graduate Advisor

Eric Wiland, Ph.D.

Committee

Brogaard, Berit

Brunero, John

Abstract

Disagreement is ubiquitous in philosophy. Although this disagreement is sometimes easily explained, other times we find more difficult disagreement arising between epistemic peers. There are a few different ways we can react to peer disagreement in philosophy. Following Hilary Kornblith, I argue that we should suspend judgment in the face of such disagreement. Although I think this is the most rational choice, it eventually leads to an uncomfortable skepticism towards philosophical methods. I conclude that when we examine the reliability of philosophy based on its usual defenses, we find that philosophy is indeed unreliable.

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