A Different Sort of Contextualism

  • John Greco


A number of virtue epistemologists endorse the following thesis: Knowledge is true belief resulting from intellectual virtue, where S’s true belief results from intellectual virtue just in case S believes the truth because S is intellectually virtuous. This thesis commits one to a sort of contextualism about knowledge attributions. This is because, in general, sentences of the form “X occurred because Y occurred” require a contextualist treatment. This sort of contextualism is contrasted with more familiar versions. It is argued that the position: (a) yields a better solution to the lottery problem, and (b) may be grounded in a more general theory of virtue and credit.


True Belief Knowledge Claim Lottery Ticket Knowledge Attribution Intellectual Virtue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Greco
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyFordham UniversityBronxUSA

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