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A Luxury of the UnderstandingOn the Value of True Belief$
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Allan Hazlett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674800

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674800.001.0001

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Two Ancient Ideas

Two Ancient Ideas

(p.xiv) (p.1) 1 Two Ancient Ideas
A Luxury of the Understanding

Hazlett Allan

Oxford University Press

Two ideas are introduced. The first idea, which is evaluative, is that that true belief is better than false belief – as suggested by Socrates’ slogan that the unexamined life is not worth living. The second idea, which is metaphysical, is that there is something in the nature or essence of human beings, or in the nature or essence of our beliefs, that makes us, or our beliefs, directed at truth – as suggested by Aristotle’s claim that everyone naturally wants knowledge. Although a few important conclusions are drawn, most big issues are introduced here and examined in detail in later chapters.

Keywords:   Knowledge, truth, curiosity, wellbeing, value

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