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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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Notre Dames
Philosophical Reviews

Gerhard Preyer, Georg Peter (Eds.)

Contextualism in Philosophy

Knowledge, Meaning, and Truth

Gerhard Preyer, Georg Peter
Introduction: The Limitation of Contextualism

I Contextualism in Epistemology

Contextualism and the New Linguistic Turn in Epistemology
Peter Ludlow  

The Emperor's 'New Knows'
Kent Bach  

Knowledge, Context and the Agent's Point of View
Timothy Williamson  

What Shifts? Thresholds, Standards, or Alternatives?
Jonathan Schaffer  

Epistemic Modals in Context
Andy Egan, John Hawthorne, Brian Weatherson  

II Compositionality, Meaning and Context    

Literalism and Contextualism: Some Varieties
François Recanati  

A Tall Tale In Defense of Semantic Minimalism and Speech Act Pluralism
Herman Cappelen and Ernie Lepore

Semantics in Context
Jason Stanley  

Meaning before Truth
Paul M. Pietroski  

Compositionality and Context
Peter Pagin  

Presuppositions, Truth Values, and Expressing Propositions
Michael Glanzberg  





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Oxford University Press: Oxford 2005, 402 pages