noun[mass noun] Philosophy
A doctrine which emphasizes the importance of the context of enquiry in a particular question.
- 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.
- Example sentences
- 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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