Disagreement lost

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This paper develops a puzzle about non-merely-verbal disputes. At first sight, it would seem that a dispute over the truth of an utterance is not merely verbal only if there is a proposition that the parties to the dispute take the utterance under dispute to express, which one of the parties accepts and the other rejects. Yet, as I argue, it is extremely rare for ordinary disputes over an utterance’s truth to satisfy this condition, in which case non-merely verbal disputes are extremely rare. After examining various responses to the puzzle, I outline a solution using the framework of truthmaker semantics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1899-1932
Number of pages34
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Disagreement
  • Truthmaker semantics
  • Verbal disputes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • General Social Sciences


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