Knowledge and Presuppositions

Hardcover | June 22, 2014

byMichael Blome-Tillmann

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Knowledge and Presuppositions develops a novel account of epistemic contextualism based on the idea that pragmatic presuppositions play a central role in the semantics of knowledge attributions. According to Blome-Tillmann, knowledge attributions are sensitive to what is pragmaticallypresupposed at the context of ascription. The resulting theory - Presuppositional Epistemic Contextualism (PEC) - is simple and straightforward, yet powerful enough to have far-reaching and important consequences for a variety of hotly debated issues in epistemology and philosophy of language.In this book, Blome-Tillmann first develops Presuppositional Epistemic Contextualism and then explores its ability to resolve various sceptical paradoxes and puzzles. Blome-Tillmann also defends PEC against familiar and widely discussed philosophical and linguistic objections to contextualism. Inthe final chapters of the book PEC is employed to illuminate a variety of concerns central to contemporary discussions of epistemological issues, such as Gettier cases, Moorean reasoning, the nature of evidence, and other current problems and puzzles.

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Knowledge and Presuppositions develops a novel account of epistemic contextualism based on the idea that pragmatic presuppositions play a central role in the semantics of knowledge attributions. According to Blome-Tillmann, knowledge attributions are sensitive to what is pragmaticallypresupposed at the context of ascription. The result...

Michael Blome-Tillmann is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at McGill University. His research is primarily in the areas of epistemology and philosophy of language.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pagesPublished:June 22, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199686084

ISBN - 13:9780199686087

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionGeneral IntroductionOutline of the Book1. Knowledge and Presuppositions2. The Sceptical Puzzle3. Objections and Replies4. Linguistic Issues5. Further Puzzles6. Closure and Moorean ReasoningBibliographyIndex