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Relevant alternatives contextualism and ordinary contingent knowledge

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Author(s): Franck Lihoreau

Journal: Disputatio
ISSN 0873-626X

Volume: II;
Issue: 24;
Start page: 281;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Knowledge | David Lewis

ABSTRACT
According to David Lewis’ contextualist analysis of knowledge, there can be contexts in which a subject counts as knowing a proposition just because every possibility that this proposition might be false is irrelevant in those contexts. In this paper I argue that, in some cases at least, Lewis’ analysis results in granting people non-evidentially based knowledge of ordinary contingent truths which, intuitively, cannot be known but on the basis of appropriate evidence.
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