In epistemology and in philosophy of language there is fierce debate about the role of context in knowledge, understanding, and meaning. Many contemporary epistemologists take seriously the thesis that epistemic vocabulary is context-sensitive. This thesis is of course a semantic claim, so it has brought epistemologists into contact with work on context in semantics by philosophers of language. This volume brings together the debates, in a set of twelve specially written essays representing the latest work by leading figures in the two fields. All future work on contextualism will start here.
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Gerhard Preyer, Georg Peter
Introduction: The Limitation of Contextualism
Contextualism and the New Linguistic Turn in Epistemology
The Emperor's 'New Knows'
Knowledge, Context and the Agent's Point of View
What Shifts? Thresholds, Standards, or Alternatives?
Epistemic Modals in Context
Andy Egan, John Hawthorne, Brian Weatherson
Literalism and Contextualism: Some Varieties
A Tall Tale In Defense of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism
Herman Cappelen and Ernie Lepore
Semantics in Context
Meaning before Truth
Paul M. Pietroski
Compositionality and Context
Presuppositions, Truth Values, and Expressing Propositions