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Value of Knowledge and the Pursuit of Understanding

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ISBN-10: 0521037867

ISBN-13: 9780521037860

Edition: 2007

Authors: Jonathan L. Kvanvig

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Epistemology has for a long time focused on the concept of knowledge and tried to answer questions such as whether knowledge is possible and how much of it there is. Missing from this inquiry, however, is a discussion on the value of knowledge. In The Pursuit of Knowledge and the Value of Understanding Jonathan Kvanvig argues that epistemology properly conceived cannot ignore the question of the value of knowledge. He also questions one of the most fundamental assumptions in epistemology, namely that knowledge is always more valuable than the value of its subparts. Taking Platos Meno as a starting point of his discussion, Kvanvig tackles the different arguments about the value of knowledge and comes to the conclusion that knowledge is less valuable than generally assumed. Clearly written and well argued, the book will appeal to students and professionals in epistemology.
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Book details

List price: $62.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/11/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Introduction
The value of knowledge is external to it
The value of true belief
The value of justification
Reliabilism, normativity, and the special promise of virtue
The Gettier problem and the value of knowledge
Knowledge as irreducibly valuable
Epistemic attitudinalism: Semantic and pragmatic approaches
Knowledge and understanding
Conclusion