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A Luxury of the Understanding: On the Value of True Belief

Allan Hazlett


The value of true belief has played a central role in history of philosophy – consider Socrates’ slogan that the unexamined life is not worth living, and Aristotle’s claim that everyone naturally wants knowledge – as well as in contemporary epistemology, where questions about the value of knowledge have recently taken center stage. It has usually been assumed that accurate representation – true belief – is valuable, either instrumentally or for its own sake. This book is a critical study of that assumption, and of the main ways in which it can be defended. It is argued that true belief is at m ... More

Keywords: Truth, value, aim of belief, wellbeing, epistemic normativity, epistemic value

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199674800
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674800.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allan Hazlett, author
University of Edinburgh

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