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[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / C. External Justification / 6. Contextual Justification / a. Contextualism]

Full Idea

The context-sensitivity of knowledge is inherited from one of its components, i.e. justification.

Gist of Idea

Knowledge is context-sensitive, because justification is


Stewart Cohen (Contextualism Defended [2005], p.68)

Book Reference

'Contemporary Debates in Epistemology', ed/tr. Steup,M/Sosa,E [Blackwell 2005], p.68

A Reaction

I think this is exactly right - that there is nothing relative or contextual about what is actually true, or what someone believes, but knowleddge is wholly relative because it rests on shifting standards of justification.