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Paper   IPM / Philosophy / 12682
School of Analytic Philosophy
  Title:   Art Cohen and the Contextualist Theory of Justification
  Author(s):  Ahmad Reza Hemmati Moghaddam
  Status:   Published
  Journal: FILOZOFIA
  No.:  4
  Vol.:  66
  Year:  2011
  Pages:   347-352
  Supported by:  IPM
Epistemic contextualism is a thesis about truth conditions of knowledge ascribed to sentences such as �??S knows that p�?� and �??S does not know that p�?�. According to con- textualists it is the speaker�??s context �?? the one attributing knowledge �?? that is perti- nent to the truth conditions and truth value of knowledge attributions. Thus, in one context a speaker might say �??S knows p�?� while in another context another he/she might say �??S does not know p�?� without any contradiction involved. Cohen�??s version of contextualism takes justification, rather than knowledge, to come in degrees. I shall argue that Cohen�??s contextualist theory of justification suffers from several ma- jor problems.

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