Epistemic Relativism: Inter-Contextuality in the Problem of the Criterion

Logos and Episteme 7 (2):153-169 (2016)
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Rodrigo Laera
Universitat de Barcelona
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This paper proposes a view on epistemic relativism that arises from the problem of the criterion, keeping in consideration that the assessment of criterion standards always occurs in a certain context. The main idea is that the epistemic value of the assertion “S knows that p” depends not only on the criterion adopted within an epistemic framework and the relationship between said criterion and a meta-criterion, but also from the collaboration with other subjects who share the same standards. Thus, one can choose between particularist and methodist criteria according to the context of assessment. This position has the advantage of presenting a new perspective concerning both the criterion problem and the problem of inter-contextuality in the evaluation of different epistemic frameworks.
Keywords contextualism  criterion problem  epistemic framework  relativism
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ISBN(s) 2069-0533
DOI 10.5840/logos-episteme20167216
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