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Epistemic Modals Are Assessment‐Sensitive

John MacFarlane

in Epistemic Modality

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199591596
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729027 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591596.003.0006
Epistemic Modals Are Assessment‐Sensitive

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The truth of claims made using epistemic modals is widely agreed to depend on ‘what is known’. But known by whom? The orthodox view takes the relevant body of knowledge to be determined by features of the context in which the epistemic modals are used. This chapter argues that it is determined instead by features of the context in which uses of epistemic modals are assessed.

Keywords: epistemic modals; assessment sensitivity; contextualism; relativism

Chapter.  18124 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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