The Nature and Value of Knowledge: Three Investigations

Paperback | June 15, 2012

byDuncan Pritchard, Alan Millar, Adrian Haddock

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This volume comprises three distinct investigations into the relationship between the nature and the value of knowledge. Each is written by one of the authors in consultation with the other two. 'Knowledge and Understanding' (by Duncan Pritchard) critically examines virtue-theoretic responsesto the problem of the value of knowledge, and argues that the finally valuable cognitive state is not knowledge but understanding. 'Knowledge and Recognition' (by Alan Millar) develops an account of knowledge in which the idea of a recognitional ability plays a prominent role, and argues that thisaccount enables us better to understand knowledge and its value. 'Knowledge and Action' (by Adrian Haddock) argues for an account of knowledge and justification which explains why knowledge is valuable, and enables us to make sense of the knowledge we have of our intentional actions.

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This volume comprises three distinct investigations into the relationship between the nature and the value of knowledge. Each is written by one of the authors in consultation with the other two. 'Knowledge and Understanding' (by Duncan Pritchard) critically examines virtue-theoretic responsesto the problem of the value of knowledge, a...

Duncan Pritchard is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. His work is mainly in the area of epistemology, in which he has published widely. His books include Epistemic Luck (Oxford University Press, 2005), What is this Thing Called Knowledge? (Routledge, 2006), and Knowledge (Palgrave, 2009). Alan Millar has taught ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pagesPublished:June 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PART I: Knowledge and Understanding1. The Value Problem for Knowledge2. Knowledge and Final Value3. Anti-Luck Virtue Epistemology4. UnderstandingPART II: Knowledge and Recognition5. Knowledge in Recent Epistemology: Some Problems6. Perceptual Knowledge and Recognitional Abilities7. Knowledge from Indicators8. The Social Transmission of KnowledgePART III: Knowledge and Action9. Knowledge and Justification10. Second-Order Knowledge11. Knowledge of ActionBibliography

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"The culmination of a long collaboration, this tryptich combines the latest by three outstanding contributers. The outcome is three illuminating panels on knowledge, its nature and value, and in one case specifically on self-knowledge. Anyone with an interest in these topics will want to readthis book, and others who read it are likely to soon acquire an interest." --Ernest Sosa, Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University