Context and Disagreement


  • Isidora Stojanovic Institut Jean-Nicod



Faultless disagreement. Contextualism. Relativism.


This paper is an occasion to take stock of the place that the argument from faultless disagreement has occupied in philosophy of language in the last fifteen years, in particular in the debate between contextualism and relativism. The survey offered in the first part of the paper appears to show that the phenomenon of disagreement fails to provide any strong motivation for adopting any novel semantic framework, contrary to relativists’ claims. But, on a more positive note, the interest in disagreement has allowed us to better understand how language works. The second part of the paper explains how the fine-grained structure of meaning – at the level of words, sentences and even entire discourse – reveals a variety of sources that may lead discourse participants to disagree.


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Biografia do Autor

Isidora Stojanovic, Institut Jean-Nicod

Isidora Stojanovic holds a PhD in Cognitive science (2002, Ecole Polytechnique, dir. F. Recanati) and a PhD in Philosophy (2007, Stanford University, dir. John Perry), as well as an “Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches” (EHESS, 2014). She joined the Jean Nicod Institute as a CNRS researcher in October 2004, and was promoted as a Research Director in October 2015. From 2012 to 2014, she was on a research leave conducting a project on Lexical Meaning and Logical Inference, with a Marie Curie IEF grant, at the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, within the Formal Linguitics Group (GLiF), of which she continues to be an external member. 


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Como Citar

STOJANOVIC, I. Context and Disagreement. Cadernos de Estudos Linguísticos, Campinas, SP, v. 59, n. 1, p. 9–22, 2017. DOI: 10.20396/cel.v59i1.8648515. Disponível em: Acesso em: 7 dez. 2021.



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