Against the Minimalistic Reading of Epistemic Contextualism: A Reply to Wolfgang Freitag

Acta Analytica 28 (1):111-125 (2013)

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Mike Ashfield
University of Southern California
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Several philosophers have argued that the factivity of knowledge poses a problem for epistemic contextualism (EC), which they have construed as a knowability problem. On a proposed minimalistic reading of EC’s commitments, Wolfgang Freitag argues that factivity yields no knowability problem for EC. I begin by explaining how factivity is thought to generate a contradiction out of paradigmatic contextualist cases on a certain reading of EC’s commitments. This reductio results in some kind of reflexivity problem for the contextualist when it comes to knowing her theory: either a knowability problem or a statability problem. Next, I set forth Freitag’s minimalistic reading of EC and explain how it avoids the reductio, the knowability problem and the statability problem. I argue that despite successfully evading these problems, Freitag’s minimalistic reading saddles EC with several other serious problems and should be rejected. I conclude by offering my own resolution to the problems.
Keywords Epistemic contextualism  Factivity  Reflexivity problem  Knowability problem  Statability problem  Even-handedness
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DOI 10.1007/s12136-012-0153-5
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