The value of knowledge

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2018)
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The value of knowledge has always been a central topic within epistemology. Going all the way back to Plato’s Meno, philosophers have asked, why is knowledge more valuable than mere true belief? Interest in this question has grown in recent years, with theorists proposing a range of answers. But some reject the premise of the question and claim that the value of knowledge is ‘swamped’ by the value of true belief. And others argue that statuses other than knowledge, such as justification or understanding, are distinctively valuable. We will call the general question of why knowledge is valuable the value problem.

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J. Adam Carter
University of Glasgow
John Turri
University of Waterloo
Duncan Pritchard
University of California, Irvine

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