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Single Idea 19515

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / C. External Justification / 6. Contextual Justification / a. Contextualism]

Full Idea

We might make the basic contextualist schema more precise saying the change in content will consist in a change in the range of relevant alternatives. Higher standards would discriminate from a broader range of alternatives.

Gist of Idea

We can make contextualism more precise, by specifying the discrimination needed each time


Keith DeRose (The Case for Contextualism [2009], 1.14)

Book Reference

DeRose,Keith: 'The Case for Contextualism' [OUP 2009], p.34

A Reaction

This would handle the 'fake barn' and 'disguised zebra' examples, by saying lower standards do not expect such discriminations. The zebra case has a lower standard than the barn case (because fake barns are the norm here).