Cross-Linguistic Disagreement: An international conference on disagreement in the age of globalization

Country: Japan

City: Kanazawa-Shi

Abstr. due: 31.01.2020

Dates: 13.06.20 — 14.06.20

Area Of Sciences: Philosophy; Humanities;

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Organizers: Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology


Is it possible that two people, or two groups of people, disagree with each other and that is due to the difference of language? Let us suppose that, speakers of language A assert or accept “P” but speakers of language B deny its translation, while there is no ignorance, misunderstanding, or error about the world on either side. Is such a situation possible at all? One may think that it is not (since, for example, in such a situation the translation must be wrong). But others may think that it is at least conceptually possible. Still others may even claim that it is not only possible, but actual! Let us call such a situation cross-linguistic disagreement. The precise formulation of it has yet to be given. But whether actual or not, the possibility of cross-linguistic disagreement seems to raise many interesting and significant philosophical questions. For example,

Is cross-linguistic disagreement (if there is any) a case of faultless disagreement?

Is cross-linguistic disagreement (if there is any) settleable at all?


Should it be settled in the first place?  

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