Knowledge and involvement. What makes truth valuable?

Edward Craig

in Knowledge and the State of Nature

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238799
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597237 | DOI:
 Knowledge and involvement. What makes truth valuable?

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The concept of knowledge is a concept formed and operated by active beings who need to direct their activity. This, according to Craig, explains two features associated with the concept of knowledge: (1) the fact that we want true beliefs (for if we are genuinely to direct our activity, we must have true beliefs about the consequences of such and such an action or inaction), and (2) the fact that we actively seek the truth and therefore try to ‘track’ it, rather than merely hoping to hit it.

Keywords: true belief; knowledge; justified true belief

Chapter.  1682 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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