Are the comments of Tosfos in the same Mesechta generally considered to be aligned, meaning that, if there is an apparent contradiction, we try and look for a resolution?

How about Tosfos in different Mesechtas?

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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/17347
    – msh210
    Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 7:40
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    @msh210 I think Yahu's answer there works here too.
    – WAF
    Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 12:28
  • possible duplicate of Who is the voice of Tosafoth? Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 22:41
  • @WAF yes I agree with you, I just saw that question, looked up the sefer that Yahu says, hopefully will get to reading it soon, however just at a quick glance, he has a chapter where he goes through the different Tosfos authors by Mesechta and identifies (at least Meseches Berachos, which is what I was learning) as having one author/editor. Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 22:44
  • hakirah.org/Vol15Leibowitz.pdf Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 23:06

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I recall a place in Bava Kamma where R' Akiva Eiger points out that Tosfos in two different chapters are clearly saying opposite things -- and we just assume that was due to two different authors/editors.

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    Does "we" mean R'AE?
    – msh210
    Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 10:25
  • that happens a lot, I'll just give one more example the second gilyon hashas on daf 2. berachos, and meforshim on him explain how their is no contradiction between the tosfos, so that is not a conclusive proof Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 22:40

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