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Scepticism and Contextualism. Three Objections and Three Replies

digital Scepticism and Contextualism.
Three Objections and Three Replies
issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2017 - 4. Il pensiero filosofico e teologico in Bonaventura da Bagnoregio
title Scepticism and Contextualism. Three Objections and Three Replies
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 03-2018
issn 00356247 (print) | 18277926 (digital)
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The contextualist anti-sceptical argument seems to be more compelling than many other anti-sceptical strategies, as the refusal of the closure principle preached by Dretske and Nozick or Moore’s common-sensical approach. Yet, it has been maintained that a better response to the sceptic can be expressed by following a neo-moorean approach. Here we defend the contextualist argument from three objections moved by Pritchard, a leading advocate of neo-mooreanism. The first objection claims that contextualism would be a «revisionist» linguistic thesis; the second that the contextualist argument «concessive» nature would lead to a sceptical conclusion; the third that the contextualist thesis that ‘know(s)’ is a context-sensitive term would be unnecessary since what the contextualist takes as a change in the truth-conditions of knowledge ascriptions might be better explained as a change in the assertability-conditions of those sentences. In the end, we will maintain that the three objections are ineffective.


Scepticism, Epistemic contextualism, Neo-mooreanism, Warranted Assertability Maneuvers, Knowledge ascriptions