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The value of knowledge and the test of time

Fricker, Miranda (2009) The value of knowledge and the test of time. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 64 , pp. 121-138. ISSN 1358-2461.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1358246109000034

Abstract

The current literature on the value of knowledge is marred by two unwarranted presumptions, which together distort the debate and conceal what is perhaps the most basic value of knowledge, as distinct from mere true belief. These presumptions are the Synchronic Presumption, which confines philosophical attention to the present snapshot in time; and the Analytical Presumption, which has people look for the value of knowledge in some kind of warrant. Together these presumptions conceal that the value of knowledge might inhere not in a necessary condition, but simply in a property that most knowledge possesses; and, in particular, that it might inhere, as I argue it does, in a certain property of 'resilience': the tendency to survive misleading counter-evidence over time owing to the subject's being in a position to weight it against evidence already possessed.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Value question, value problem, value of knowledge, Meno question
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Miranda Fricker
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/524

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