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

Full Idea

How a claim (about an X-ray) needs to be justified depends on whether one is confronted by a group of laypersons, or of experts, and is prescribed by one's social role.

Gist of Idea

Justification depends on the audience and one's social role


Martin Kusch (Knowledge by Agreement [2002], Ch. 8)

Book Reference

Kusch,Martin: 'Knowledge by Agreement' [OUP 2004], p.100

A Reaction

I think this is exactly right. I cannot think of any absolute criterion for justification which doesn't play straight into the hands of sceptics. Final and certain justification is an incoherent notion. But I am a little more individualistic than Kusch.