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TRAMES. A Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences
ISSN 1736-7514 (Electronic)
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VERBAL DISPUTES AND DEEP CONCEPTUAL DISAGREEMENTS; pp. 279–294

Full article in PDF format | 10.3176/tr.2020.3.02

Author
Daniel Cohnitz

Abstract

To say that a philosophical dispute is ‘merely verbal’ seems to be an important diagnosis. If that diagnosis is correct for a particular dispute, then the right thing to do would be to declare that dispute to be over. The topic of what the disputing parties were fighting over was just a pseudo-problem (thus not really a problem), or at least – if there is a sense in which also merely verbal disputes indicate some problem, for example, insufficient clarity of terminology – this problem is not substantial, or not as substantial as the disputing parties believed their problem initially to be. In this paper I will try to clarify what it means if we diagnose that two arguing parties are having a merely verbal dispute.


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