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Knowledge and Presuppositions

Michael Blome-Tillmann


This book 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 the main thesis of the book, 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. The book begins by developing ... More

Keywords: knowledge, epistemic contextualism, scepticism, pragmatic presupposition, presuppositional epistemic contextualism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199686087
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686087.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Blome-Tillmann, author
McGill University