Epistemic Modals and Sensitivity to Contextually‐Salient Partitions

Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 5 (2):134-146 (2016)
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Abstract

Expressivists and relativists about epistemic modals often motivate their view by arguing against contextualist treatments of certain cases. However, I argue that even expressivists and relativists should consider being a kind of contextualist. Specifically, data involving mixed disjunctions motivate taking epistemic modals to be sensitive to contextually-salient partitions, and thus context-sensitive.

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