Interest-Relative Invariantism

Authored by: Brian Weatherson

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.ch19

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Abstract

One of the initial motivations for epistemological contextualism was that the appropriateness of self-ascriptions of knowledge seemed to depend, in some circumstances, on factors that were traditionally thought to be epistemologically irrelevant. So whether our hero S was prepared to say, “I know that p”, would depend not just on how strong S’s evidence for p was, or how strongly she believed it, but on factors such as how much it mattered whether p was true, or what alternatives to p were salient in her thought or talk.

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