Integrative contextualism: A way to order different concepts of epistemic justification

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Theoria (Spain), ISSN: 0495-4548, Vol: 28, Issue: 1, Page: 27-44

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Ricardo Vázquez Gutiérrez, Jonatan García Campos
Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Arts and Humanities
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We shall argue that the kind of contextualism we defend, viz., the integrative contextualism, offers a way to coordinate and integrate some of the various competing concepts of justification. We shall show how, since each of these concepts involves different intuitions and standards of justification of beliefs, it is possible to distinguish different contexts of justification attribution, each of them, equally valid. In particular, the integrative contextualism, we defend, shows that disputes between two theories of justification, namely the externalist and internalist theories of justification, are established on the erroneous assumption that there is only one valid concept of justification.

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