Time constraints and pragmatic encroachment on knowledge

Episteme 11 (2):157-180 (2014)
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Citing some recent experimental findings, I argue for the surprising claim that in some cases the less time you have the more you know. More specifically, I present some evidence to suggest that our ordinary knowledge ascriptions are sometimes sensitive to facts about an epistemic subject's truth-irrelevant time constraints such that less is more. If knowledge ascriptions are sensitive in this manner, then this is some evidence of pragmatic encroachment. Along the way, I consider comments made by Jonathan Schaffer and Jennifer Nagel to construe a purist contextualist and a strict invariantist explanation of the data respectively, before giving reasons to resist them in favor of an account that indicates pragmatic encroachment. If successful, this may suggest a new way to argue for the controversial thesis that there is pragmatic encroachment on knowledge.
Keywords pragmatic encroachment  time constraints  knowledge  epistemology  experimental philosophy  interest relative invariantism  contextualism  empirical  justification  subject sensitive invariantism
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DOI 10.1017/epi.2014.6
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