Ascriber Contextualism

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This article describes the concept of ascriber contextualism in relation to skepticism. It explains that ascriber contextualism in epistemology is the view that the truth conditions for sentences containing "know" and its cognates are context sensitive. It discusses the motivations for contextualism, skeptical paradoxes, the mechanism of context shifting, and sensitive moderate invariantism (SMI). It also comments on objections to ascriber contextualism and SMI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Skepticism
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199892020
ISBN (Print)9780195183214
StatePublished - Sep 2 2009


  • Ascriber contextualism
  • Cognates
  • Context shifting
  • Epistemology
  • Invariantism
  • Skeptical paradoxes
  • Skepticism
  • Truth conditions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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