contextualism And Virtue Perspectivism: How To Preserve Our Intuitions About Knowledge And 'knows'

Florida Philosophical Review 9 (1):56-66 (2009)

Blake Roeber
University of Notre Dame
Contextualism is a linguistic thesis; it is a theory not about knowledge but about the word "knows." Almost invariably, contextualists defend their position as necessary for preserving our intuitions in the face of the so-called "skeptical paradox." In this paper, I undermine the case for contextualism by showing how a properly Chisholmed theory of knowledge might preserve our intuitions more successfully than the linguistic thesis forwarded by contextualism. My aim is not to demonstrate that contextualism is false. Rather, I aim at orienting the debate away from the preservation of our intuitions and toward the linguistic data surrounding the word "knows."
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