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Knowledge and Presuppositions

ISBN : 9780199686087

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¥8,118
Author: 
Michael Blome-Tillmann
Pages
224 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
145 x 223 mm
Pub date
May 2014
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Knowledge and Presuppositions develops a novel account of epistemic contextualism based on the idea that pragmatic presuppositions play a central role in the semantics of knowledge attributions. According to Blome-Tillmann, knowledge attributions are sensitive to what is pragmatically presupposed at the context of ascription. The resulting theory-Presuppositional Epistemic Contextualism (PEC)-is simple and straightforward, yet powerful enough to have far-reaching and important consequences for a variety of hotly debated issues in epistemology and philosophy of language. In this book, Blome-Tillmann first develops Presuppositional Epistemic Contextualism and then explores its ability to resolve various sceptical paradoxes and puzzles. Blome-Tillmann also defends PEC against familiar and widely discussed philosophical and linguistic objections to contextualism. In the final chapters of the book PEC is employed to illuminate a variety of concerns central to contemporary discussions of epistemological issues, such as Gettier cases, Moorean reasoning, the nature of evidence, and other current problems and puzzles.

Index: 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Introduction
GENERAL INTRODUCTION
OUTLINE OF THE BOOK
1. Knowledge and Presuppositions
2. The Sceptical Puzzle
3. Objections and Replies
4. Linguistic Issues
5. Further Puzzles
6. Closure and Moorean Reasoning
Bibliography
Index

About the author: 

Michael Blome-Tillmann is Associate Professor of Philosophy at McGill University and Marie Curie Experienced Researcher at the University of Cambridge. His research is primarily in the areas of epistemology and philosophy of language.

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