Knowledge Ascriptions and Context‐Sensitivity

Jason Stanley

in Knowledge and Practical Interests

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199288038
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603679 | DOI:

Series: Lines of Thought

Knowledge Ascriptions and Context‐Sensitivity

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This chapter considers a range of context-dependent constructions, and concludes that there are sufficiently significant disanalogies between all of them and the behavior of epistemic predicates such as ‘know that the bank is open’ to cast doubt upon contextualism in epistemology. It is argued that even if knowledge ascriptions were context-sensitive, this fact about them would not have the explanatory value accorded to it by the contextualist.

Keywords: quantifier domain restriction; modals; indexicals; Lewis; DeRose; Cohen

Chapter.  9058 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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