The Case for Contextualism: Knowledge, Skepticism, and Context, Vol. 1

Paperback | June 26, 2011

byKeith DeRose

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It's an obvious enough observation that the standards that govern whether ordinary speakers will say that someone knows something vary with context: What we are happy to call "knowledge" in some ("low-standards") contexts we'll deny is "knowledge" in other ("high-standards") contexts. But dothese varying standards for when ordinary speakers will attribute knowledge, and for when they are in some important sense warranted in attributing knowledge, reflect varying standards for when it is or would be true for them to attribute knowledge? Or are the standards that govern whether suchclaims are true always the same? And what are the implications for epistemology if these truth-conditions for knowledge claims shift with context? Contextualism is the view that the epistemic standards a subject must meet, in order for a claim attributing "knowledge" to her to be true, do vary with context. This has been hotly debated in epistemology and philosophy of language during the last few decades. In The Case for Contextualism Keith DeRose offers a sustained state-of-the-art exposition and defense of the contextualist position, presenting and advancing the most powerful arguments in favor of the view and against its "invariantist" rivals, and responding to the most pressing objections facingcontextualism.

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It's an obvious enough observation that the standards that govern whether ordinary speakers will say that someone knows something vary with context: What we are happy to call "knowledge" in some ("low-standards") contexts we'll deny is "knowledge" in other ("high-standards") contexts. But dothese varying standards for when ordinary spe...

Keith DeRose is the Allison Foundation Professor of Philosophy at Yale University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.8 inPublished:June 26, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199692254

ISBN - 13:9780199692255

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Table of Contents

1. Contextualism, Invariantism, Skepticism, and What Goes On in Ordinary Conversation2. The Ordinary Language Basis for Contextualism3. Assertion, Knowledge, and Context4. Single Scoreboard Semantics5. "Bamboozled by Our Own Words": Semantic Blindness and Some Objections to Contextualism6. Now You Know It, Now You Don't: Intellectualism, Contextualism, and Subject-Sensitive Invariantism7. Knowledge, Assertion and Action: Contextualism vs. Subject-Sensitive InvariantismReferences

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Review from previous edition: This volume will be of particular benefit to graduate students and researchers looking to gain initial sympathetic familiarity with contextualism; it is also clear and accessible enough to be suitable for advanced undergraduates. This book will be among the firstresources I turn to when students ask for an introduction to "knows" contextualism. Jonathan Ichikawa, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews