What are We Doing When We Theorize about Context Sensitivity?

Authored by: Derek Ball

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.ch8

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Abstract

It is as widely agreed as anything in philosophy that some words – “I”, “she”, “that” – are context sensitive, and it is as controversial as anything in philosophy whether some other words are – “knows” prominent among them. But what are we agreeing to when we agree that “I” is context sensitive, and what are we disagreeing about when we disagree whether “knows” is?

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