‘Knowledge’ and Pragmatics

Authored by: Patrick Rysiew

The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Contextualism

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

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

10.4324/9781315745275.ch16

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Abstract

Linguistic phenomena have long served as an important source of data for epistemology. Considerations of ‘what we would say’, our ordinary knowledge-attributing habits and inclinations, etc., have helped to shape and constrain theories of knowledge, justification, and so on. But such considerations need to be handled with care, since our linguistic behavior and intuitions are shaped by a variety of factors. One of these is semantics, which has to do with linguistic items and the information they encode. Just as important, however, is pragmatics, which concerns the information arising from the tokening of such items – i.e., from utterances, or people’s saying things – and the means by which such information is generated and recovered. 1

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