Many of the motivations in favor of contextualism about knowledge apply also to a contextualist approach to counterfactuals. I motivate and articulate such an approach, in terms of the context-sensitive ‘all cases’, in the spirit of David Lewis’s contextualist view about knowledge. The resulting view explains intuitive data, resolves a puzzle parallel to the skeptical paradox, and renders safety and sensitivity, construed as counterfactuals, necessary conditions on knowledge.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Quantifiers, Knowledge, and Counterfactuals
Quantifiers, Knowledge, and Counterfactuals, forthcoming in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
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[...] matter. The relevant class of possibilities is relevant for other modal language, too. I’ve argued, controversially, that this is the case for ‘knows’. But there are much less [...]ReplyDelete
[...] of contextualism about ‘knows’. I’ve committed myself to contextualism in a couple of papers, but so far I have tried to avoid a commitment to any particular semantic treatment of [...]ReplyDelete