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The price of real trust has performed a relevant function in heritage of philosophy—consider Socrates’ slogan that the unexamined existence isn't really worthy residing, and Aristotle’s declare that everybody clearly wishes knowledge—as good as in modern epistemology, the place questions on the price of information have lately taken middle level. It has often been assumed that exact representation—true belief—is beneficial, both instrumentally or for its personal sake. In A luxurious of the Understanding, Allan Hazlett bargains a severe research of that assumption, and of the most ways that it may be defended.


Hazlett defends the belief that actual trust is at such a lot occasionally important. within the first a part of the publication, he ambitions the view that precise trust is generally greater for us than fake trust, and argues that fake ideals approximately ourselves—for instance, unrealistic optimism approximately our futures and approximately people, reminiscent of overly confident perspectives of our friends—are usually helpful vis-a-vis our wellness. within the moment half, he objectives the view that fact is “the objective of belief,” and argues for anti-realism concerning the epistemic worth of actual trust. jointly, those arguments contain a problem to the philosophical assumption of the price of actual trust, and recommend an alternate photograph, on which the truth that a few humans love fact is all there's to “the worth of real belief.”

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It’s only under certain idiosyncratic conditions that a given egg is part of some portion of Hollandaise sauce. The great majority of eggs are not part of any portion of Hollandaise sauce. 18 But this too is compatible with rejecting the eudaimonic ideal of knowledge. For one might think that the value of knowledge, although present in every case of knowledge, is not strong enough (as it were) to make it the case that knowledge is always better than ignorance. Indeed, even if knowledge per se has constitutive value, it might turn out that knowledge is better than ignorance only under certain idiosyncratic conditions.

This is one reason why we should seek an explanation or account of the “epistemic” value of true belief. Philosophers have offered accounts of belief that, if true, would yield explanations of the value of true belief. We’ll examine those accounts below (Chapters 6–8). 6 What is true belief? This book is about the value of true belief. It assumes that there is, or could be, such a thing as true belief, and asks after its value. Someone skeptical about the very idea of truth, or about the very idea of belief (cf.

Given this, I shall assume that something has constitutive value only if it contributes to the goodness of the whole of which it is a part, by partially explaining the goodness of the whole of which it is a part. There may be things that are, in some sense, parts of my life, and that life may be a good human life, but those things make no contribution to the goodness of my life. Given this conception of constitutive value, you might propose a constitutive value approach to the eudaimonic value of knowledge, on which knowledge (sometimes or always) has constitutive value.

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