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[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / C. External Justification / 6. Contextual Justification / b. Invariantism]

Full Idea

Maybe contextualism isn't a theory about knowledge at all, but about knowledge attributions. As such, it is not a piece of epistemology at all, but of philosophy of language.

Gist of Idea

If contextualism is about knowledge attribution, rather than knowledge, then it is philosophy of language


Keith DeRose (The Case for Contextualism [2009], 1.7)

Book Reference

DeRose,Keith: 'The Case for Contextualism' [OUP 2009], p.18

A Reaction

DeRose takes this view to be wrong. At the very least this will have to include self-attributions, by the supposed knower, because I might say 'I know that p', meaning 'but only in this rather low-standard context'.