What the metasemantics of 'know' is not


Epistemic contextualism in the style of Lewis (1996) maintains that ascriptions of knowledge to a subject vary in truth with the alternatives that can be eliminated by the subject’s evidence in a context. Schaffer (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2015), Schaffer and Knobe (2012), and Schaffer and Szabó (2014) hold that the question under discussion or QUD always determines these alternatives in a context. This paper shows that the QUD does not perform such a role for know and uses this result to draw a few lessons about the metasemantics of context- sensitivity.

Linguistics & Philosophy
Peter van Elswyk
Assistant Professor of Philosophy