Useful Knowledge


in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 139, 2005 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263945
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734038 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Useful Knowledge

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This chapter discusses useful knowledge, yet it also acknowledges the fact that there may be something gained from uselessness. Three kinds of uselessness are encountered during this chapter: extraneous detail, irrelevant parallels, and modelling for its own sake. The chapter covers topics such as plagiarism and making knowledge relevant to one's life. One conclusion drawn from this chapter is that knowledge has to be more than information in order for it to be accumulated or managed.

Keywords: useful knowledge; uselessness; kinds of uselessness; plagiarism; extraneous detail; irrelevant patterns; modelling; capacities

Chapter.  16489 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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