Thanks, guys, for hosting this forum. For those of you who didn't come, Michael gave a good talk on different angles in epistemology. I even got a slight headache from concentrating so hard on trying to understand contextualism! That's exciting!
I still feel that my understanding of it (contextualism) is pretty shallow. I'm still understanding it like this: contexualism is to epistemology as behaviourism is to psychology. But I'm pretty sure that something else must be going on there. In the same way that something else is probably going on in post modernism even though its easy to see it as glorified relativism.
I especially enjoyed thinking about skepticism and its role in real life. I now realise that I change my position on "how you can know stuff" depending on how I want to use it (a form of contextualism??). I don't use skepticism in personal reflection. Sometimes it plagues me but I generally reject it as pointless.
However, I do appreciate the role skepticism has played in helping me to fend off big scary dogmas. When the big dogmas are chasing me I grab skepticsim like a set of fake Dracula teeth. Then I turn and snarl my best snarl and hope they go away.
In conclusion, I really like the blackboard on the living room wall at Ron and Michael's house. It's especially cool without the wooden frame around it. Or wait, did it have a frame? There was someplace to put the chalk - but I thought the sides were rough... so if I like the unframed look of the chalkboard but its actually framed - do I know anything?