Knowledge as Intervention: Advantages

Jeremy Barris

in The Crane's Walk

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229130
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235674 | DOI:
Knowledge as Intervention:               Advantages

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The fourth idea basic to Plato concerns some simply positive aspects of the interventive dimension of knowledge and truth. First, given that truth and having knowledge themselves have effects, knowledge has practical value even before its application to specific activities. The most purely theoretical knowledge already is concretely effective just in being what it is, without any extra application. Second, that being in a kind of doing is true not only of the being of knowledge states or statements but also of the being, the truth, of the people who know or try to know. It follows from the discussion of the interventive dimension of knowledge that knowing (thinking truly) involves being truly. Insofar as descriptive truth is often possible only given recognition of and active participation in its interventive dimensions, it is what it is only by taking into account and being in keeping with the nature of its interventions.

Keywords: Plato; knowledge; truth; knowing; interventions; interventive dimensions

Chapter.  4143 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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