Disagreement is, for better or worse, pervasive in our society. Not only do we form beliefs that differ from those around us, but increasingly we have platforms and opportunities to voice those disagreements and make them public. In light of the public nature of many of our most important disagreements, a key question emerges: How does public disagreement affect what we know?

This volume collects original essays from a number of prominent scholars—including Catherine Elgin, Sanford Goldberg, Jennifer Lackey, Michael Patrick Lynch, and Duncan Pritchard, among others—to address this question in its diverse forms. The book is organized by thematic sections, in which individual chapters address the epistemic, ethical, and political dimensions of dissent. The individual contributions address important issues such as the value of disagreement, the nature of conversational disagreement, when dissent is epistemically rational, when one is obligated to voice disagreement or to object, the relation of silence and resistance to dissent, and when political dissent is justified. Voicing Dissent offers a new approach to the study of disagreement that will appeal to social epistemologists and ethicists interested in this growing area of epistemology.

chapter |9 pages


ByCasey Rebecca Johnson

chapter 1|12 pages

Reasonable Disagreement 1

ByCatherine Z. Elgin

chapter 2|18 pages

Disagreements, of Beliefs and Otherwise

ByDuncan Pritchard

chapter 3|21 pages


Ethics and Epistemology 1
BySanford C. Goldberg

chapter 4|21 pages


Good, Bad, and Reasonable
ByKlemens Kappel

chapter 5|15 pages

Silence and Objecting

ByJennifer Lackey

chapter 6|12 pages

For the Sake of Argument

The Nature and Extent of Our Obligation to Voice Disagreement 1
ByCasey Rebecca Johnson

chapter 7|20 pages

Eloquent Silences

Silence and Dissent
ByAlessandra Tanesini

chapter 8|11 pages

Epistemic Arrogance and the Value of Political Dissent

ByMichael Patrick Lynch

chapter 9|24 pages

Emancipatory Political Dissent in Practice

Insights From Social Theory
ByRachel Ann McKinney

chapter 10|18 pages

Speaking and Listening to Acts of Political Dissent

ByMatthew Chrisman, Graham Hubbs

chapter 11|18 pages

Responding to Harmful Speech

The More Speech Response, Counter Speech, and the Complexity of Language Use 1
ByMary Kate McGowan