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Recent work in experimental epistemology has tested the apparently empirical claims of various epistemological views. For example, research on epistemic contextualism has proceeded by conducting experiments in which ordinary people are presented with vignettes that involve a knowledge ascription.[1][2][3] Participants are then asked to report on the status of that knowledge ascription. The studies address contextualism by varying the context of the knowledge ascription (for example, how important it is that the agent in the vignette has accurate knowledge). Data gathered thus far show no support for what contextualism says about ordinary use of the term "knows".[1][2][3] Other work in experimental epistemology includes, among other things, the examination of moral valence on knowledge attributions (the so-called "epistemic side-effect effect")[4] and judgments about so-called "know-how" as opposed to propositional knowledge.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Phelan,M. Evidence that Stakes Don't Matter for Evidence
  2. 2.0 2.1 Feltz, A. & Zarpentine, C. Do You Know More When It Matters Less? Philosophical Psychology.
  3. 3.0 3.1 May, J., Sinnott-Armstrong, W., Hull, J. & Zimmerman, A. (2010) Practical Interests, Relevant Alternatives, and Knowledge Attributions: An Empirical Study. Review of Philosophy and Psychology [dead link]
  4. Beebe, J. & Buckwalter,W. The Epistemic Side-Effect Effect Mind & Language.
  5. Bengson, J., Moffett, M., & Wright, J.C. The Folk on Knowing How, Philosophical Studies, 142(3): 387-401.

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