Synthese (5):4035-4055 (forthcoming)

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Dirk Kindermann
University of Vienna
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How should we account for the contextual variability of knowledge claims? Many philosophers favour an invariantist account on which such contextual variability is due entirely to pragmatic factors, leaving no interesting context-sensitivity in the semantic meaning of ‘know that.’ I reject this invariantist division of labor by arguing that pragmatic invariantists have no principled account of embedded occurrences of ‘S knows/doesn’t know that p’: Occurrences embedded within larger linguistic constructions such as conditional sentences, attitude verbs, expressions of probability, comparatives, and many others, I argue, give rise to a threefold problem of embedded implicatures.
Keywords Knowledge  Context-sensitivity  Pragmatic Invartiantism  Implicatures  Embedded Implicatures  Epistemic Contextualism
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