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date: 26 January 2021

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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.

Keywords: ascriber contextualism, skepticism, epistemology, truth conditions, cognates, skeptical paradoxes, context shifting, invariantism

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