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Contextualism

Jason Stanley

in Knowledge and Practical Interests

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199288038
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603679 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199288038.003.0002

Series: Lines of Thought

Contextualism

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This chapter introduces the thesis of contextualism about knowledge attributions, which is the view that the proposition expressed by a sentence such as ‘John knows that the bank is open at 2 p.m. EST on October 3, 2006’ varies depending upon the context of its utterance. Different versions of the thesis are explained.

Keywords: relevant alternatives theory; epistemic closure; Stine; DeRose; Cohen; Lewis

Chapter.  6481 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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