This chapter provides an overview of some of the methodological debates surrounding contextualism and considers whether they are, in effect, based on an underlying methodological dispute. It considers the case-based motivations of contextualism and DeRose's "methodology of the straightforward". The chapter also considers the methodology that consists in modeling a contextualist semantics of "knows" on other context-sensitive linguistic phenomena. It explains the attempts to motivate contextualism by appeal to imagined conceptual genealogies or functional roles. The chapter discusses the challenges from experimental philosophy from a methodological perspective. It explores whether the debates over the case for contextualism are based on a methodological dispute. Epistemic contextualism is, roughly, the semantic thesis that the truth-conditional contribution of "knows" varies with variations in the context of utterance. The contextualism has since its earliest developments been surrounded by disputes of a methodological character.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Contextualism|
|Editors||Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Series||Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy|