Ascriber Contextualism

Stewart Cohen

in The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195183214
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Ascriber Contextualism

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This article describes the concept of ascriber contextualism in relation to skepticism. It explains that ascriber contextualism in epistemology is the view that the truth conditions for sentences containing “know” and its cognates are context sensitive. It discusses the motivations for contextualism, skeptical paradoxes, the mechanism of context shifting, and sensitive moderate invariantism (SMI). It also comments on objections to ascriber contextualism and SMI.

Keywords: ascriber contextualism; skepticism; epistemology; truth conditions; cognates; skeptical paradoxes; context shifting; invariantism

Article.  9724 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Epistemology ; Philosophy of Language

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