Viktoria Knoll - 'Evidence for mere verbalness - or: how (hard it is) to detect a merely verbal dispute'


This talk will be about (evidence for) merely verbal disputes in philosophy. According to a prominent proposal by Eli Hirsch, each speaker in a merely verbal dispute should agree that the other party is speaking the truth in her own language. A crucial element of Hirsch's account are principles of charitable interpretation. I will examine two of these principles: 'charity to understanding' and 'charity to retraction'. Despite their shortcomings, an analysis of these two principles leads to two pieces of evidence for a merely verbal dispute in a philosophical debate. The talk will develop and discuss these pieces of evidence and explain how to use them (carefully).

Published June 25, 2019 6:15 PM - Last modified Aug. 26, 2019 5:39 PM