Modals, ‘Knows,’ and Epistemic Standards

cropped-IchikawaJ_3.jpgJonathan Ichikawa
University of British Columbia
March 15, 2014  9:30-11:00 am

Abstract: I articulate and defend a generalization of David Lewis’s famous “Elusive Knowledge” approach to knowledge attributions. Lewisian contextualism treats knowledge attributions as modals — as quantifiers over possibilities. In addition to retaining the generally appealing contextualist diagnosis of the sceptical paradox, the resulting view avoids linguistic challenges that have been raised against contextualism, and seems uniquely able to handle certain sentences involving knowledge attributions in the consequents of conditionals.