Definition of contextualism in English:

contextualism

Line breaks: con|text¦ual|ism
Pronunciation: /kənˈtɛkstjʊəlɪs(ə)m
 
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noun

[mass noun] Philosophy
  • A doctrine which emphasizes the importance of the context of enquiry in a particular question.
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    • Taking fallibilism seriously heads off the charge that contextualism encourages strongly anti-rationalist positions such as relativism.
    • In very general terms, epistemological contextualism maintains that whether one knows is somehow relative to context.
    • Similarly, contextualism and organicism are world hypotheses that tend to see things in terms of wholes, even though they are preoccupied with different dimensions.

Derivatives

contextualist

noun
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  • Descartes is a contextualist in the sense that he allows that different standards of justification are appropriate to different contexts.
  • According to contextualists, whether it is correct for a judge to attribute knowledge to someone depends on that judge's context, and the standards for knowledge differ from context to context.
  • But we have gone too far down this contextualist blind alley, it isn't particularly relevant.

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