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Epistemic contrastivism

DOI: 10.4324/0123456789-P071-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 2017
Retrieved March 18, 2018, from

Article Summary

Contrastivism about knowledge is the view that one does not just know some proposition. It is more adequate to say that one knows something rather than something else: I know that I am looking at a tree rather than a bush but I do not know that I am looking at a tree rather than a cleverly done tree imitation. Knowledge is a three-place relation between a subject, a proposition and a contrast set of propositions. There are several advantages of a contrastivist view but also certain problems with it.

Citing this article:
Baumann, Peter. Epistemic contrastivism, 2017, doi:10.4324/0123456789-P071-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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