WHAT'S WRONG WITH CONTEXTUALISM?
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
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The Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 58, Issue 232, pages 416–436, July 2008
How to Cite
Greco, J. (2008), WHAT'S WRONG WITH CONTEXTUALISM?. The Philosophical Quarterly, 58: 416–436. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2008.535.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
This paper addresses two worries that might be raised about contextualism in epistemology and that carry over to its moral analogues: that contextualism robs epistemology (and moral theory) of a proper subject-matter, and that contextualism robs knowledge claims (and moral claims) of their objectivity. Two theses are defended: (1) that these worries are appropriately directed at interest-dependent theories in general rather than at contextualism in particular, and (2) that the two worries are over-stated in any case. Finally, the paper offers some considerations in favour of attributor contextualism over ‘subject-sensitive invariantism’, both in epistemology and in moral theory. But here we note an interesting result: the very considerations that support contextualism as a semantic thesis, threaten to rob that position of its anti-sceptical force.