The value of knowledge

Pritchard, D., Carter, J. A. and Turri, J. (2018) The value of knowledge. In: Zalta, E. N. (ed.) Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University: Stanford, CA.

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Publisher's URL: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/knowledge-value/

Abstract

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.

Item Type:Book Sections (Encyclopaedia entry)
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carter, Dr Joseph
Authors: Pritchard, D., Carter, J. A., and Turri, J.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Publisher:Stanford University
ISSN:1095-5054

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