A contrastivist manifesto

Journal Article (Journal Article)

General contrastivism holds that all claims of reasons are relative to contrast classes. This approach applies to explanation (reasons why things happen), moral philosophy (reasons for action), and epistemology (reasons for belief), and it illuminates moral dilemmas, free will, and the grue paradox. In epistemology, contrast classes point toward an account of justified belief that is compatible with reliabilism and other externalisms. Contrast classes also provide a model for Pyrrhonian scepticism based on suspending belief about which contrast class is relevant. This view contrasts with contextualism, invariantism, and Schaffer's contrastivism.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sinnott-Armstrong, W

Published Date

  • July 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 257 - 270

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1464-5297

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0269-1728

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/02691720802546120

Citation Source

  • Scopus