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In philosophy, contextualism mostly just emphasizes that actions and utterance happen inside a particular context.

  • For example to point out that the meaning of some actions may only be understood in that context, and not just from also being another person that exists.

In linguistics, it seems contextualism might signal

  • awareness that utterances are from a discourse, and interpretation draws from the whole
  • a formalized semantic system of interpretation - sometimes just "we are restricting ourselves to a domain", sometimes because that makes a particular task less messy.