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The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Contextualism

Edited by: Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138818392
eBook ISBN: 9781315745275
Adobe ISBN: 9781317594697

10.4324/9781315745275
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Epistemic contextualism is a recent and hotly debated topic in philosophy. Contextualists argue that the language we use to attribute knowledge can only be properly understood relative to a specified context. How much can our knowledge depend on context? Is there a limit, and if so, where does it lie? What is the relationship between epistemic contextualism and fundamental topics in philosophy such as objectivity, truth, and relativism?

The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Contextualism is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems, and debates in this exciting subject and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising thirty-seven chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into eight parts:

  • Data and motivations for contextualism
  • Methodological issues
  • Epistemological implications
  • Doing without contextualism
  • Relativism and disagreement
  • Semantic implementations
  • Contextualism outside ‘knows’
  • Foundational linguistic issues.

Within these sections central issues, debates and problems are examined, including contextualism and thought experiments and paradoxes such as the Gettier problem and the lottery paradox; semantics and pragmatics; the relationship between contextualism, relativism, and disagreement; and contextualism about related topics like ethical judgments and modality.

The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Contextualism is essential reading for students and researchers in epistemology and philosophy of language. It will also be very useful for those in related fields such as linguistics and philosophy of mind.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Variability of ‘Knows’ Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The Intuitive Basis for Contextualism Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Epistemic Contextualism and Linguistic Behavior Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Feminism and Contextualism Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Epistemic Contextualism and Conceptual Ethics Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Does Contextualism Hinge on a Methodological Dispute? Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Psychological Context of Contextualism Download PDF
Chapter  9:  What are We Doing When We Theorize about Context Sensitivity? Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Epistemic Contextualism and the Shifting the Question Objection Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Skepticism and Contextualism Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Contextualism and Fallibilism Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Contextualism and Closure Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Lotteries and Prefaces Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Contextualism and Knowledge Norms Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Contextualism and Gettier Cases Download PDF
Chapter  17:  ‘Knowledge’ and Pragmatics Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Loose Use and Belief Variation Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism Applied to ‘Knows’ Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Interest-Relative Invariantism Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The Disagreement Challenge to Contextualism Download PDF
Chapter  22:  On Disagreement Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Contextualism, Relativism, and the Problem of Lost Disagreement Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Epistemological Implications of Relativism Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The Semantic Error Problem for Epistemic Contextualism Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Conversational Kinematics Download PDF
Chapter  27:  ‘Knowledge’ and Quantifiers Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Gradability and Knowledge Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Moral Contextualism and Epistemic Contextualism Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Contextualism about Epistemic Reasons Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Contextualism about Epistemic Modals Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Contextualism about Belief Ascriptions Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Counterfactuals and Knowledge Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Contextualism about Foundations Download PDF
Chapter  35:  The Semantics-Pragmatics Distinction and Context-Sensitivity  Download PDF
Chapter  36:  The Mind-Independence of Contexts for Knowledge Attributions Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Index, Context, and the Content of Knowledge  Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Contextualism in Epistemology and Relevance Theory  Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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