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The Stakes of Knowledge

Philosophy Coffees
Date: 
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Time: 
3:30 PM
Location: 
University Room, Slayter Union

Contextualism is the idea that "knowledge" is a context-sensitive term. Invariantism, on the other hand, holds that claims to knowledge do not vary in different contexts. Which of these views is more compelling?

Contextualism is the idea that "knowledge" is a context-sensitive term. One's ability to claim knowledge depends on the stakes involved, so one might be justified in saying "I know x" in low-stakes situations, but not in high-stakes ones. Invariantism, on the other hand, holds that claims to knowledge do not vary in different contexts. Which of these views is more compelling? Why is it to be preferred?

Each semester a series of philosophy coffees is held, with informal discussions among students and faculty, centering on a different question or issue each time.

Topics for philosophy coffees are selected by a student committee, which takes responsibility for these events.

Posted Date: 
Thursday, January 16, 2014