In B. Kokinov A. Dey (ed.), Modeling and Using Context. Springer. pp. 41--54 (2005)

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Claudia Bianchi
Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele (Milan)
Nicla Vassallo
University of Genoa
Abstract
According to epistemological contextualism, a sentence of the form "S knows that p" doesn't express a complete proposition. Different utterances of the sentence, in different contexts, can express different propositions: "know" is context-dependent. This paper deals with the semantic contextualist thesis grounding epistemological contextualism. We examine various kinds of linguistic context dependence, which could be relevant to epistemological contextualism: ambiguity, ellipsis, indexicality, vagueness of scalar predicates, dependence on standards of precision. We argue that only an accurate analysis of the different varieties of context sensitivity secures us a better understanding and a clearer evaluation of the contextualist approach.
Keywords semantic contextualism  epistemological contextualism  knowledge
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