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Epistemic value: the insufficiency of truth


Gaultier, Benoît (2017). Epistemic value: the insufficiency of truth. American Philosophical Quarterly, 54(3):303-313.

Abstract

We are naturally inclined to judge that it is better to know that p than to merely truly believe that p. How to account for this intuition? In this paper, I examine Williamson, Goldman and Olsson, and Pritchard's answers, and agree with Pritchard that it cannot be consistently claimed that (a) knowledge is epistemically superior to mere true belief, and that (b) truth is the only finally valuable epistemic good. Contrary to Pritchard, I argue that the latter claim is deeply mistaken. I do so by showing that mere true beliefs have no epistemic value at all. I sketch the consequences of this point concerning the epistemic value of knowledge, and answer some objections to the thesis that mere true beliefs do not possess epistemic value

Abstract

We are naturally inclined to judge that it is better to know that p than to merely truly believe that p. How to account for this intuition? In this paper, I examine Williamson, Goldman and Olsson, and Pritchard's answers, and agree with Pritchard that it cannot be consistently claimed that (a) knowledge is epistemically superior to mere true belief, and that (b) truth is the only finally valuable epistemic good. Contrary to Pritchard, I argue that the latter claim is deeply mistaken. I do so by showing that mere true beliefs have no epistemic value at all. I sketch the consequences of this point concerning the epistemic value of knowledge, and answer some objections to the thesis that mere true beliefs do not possess epistemic value

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Philosophy
Language:English
Date:July 2017
Deposited On:19 Oct 2018 08:28
Last Modified:15 Apr 2020 21:38
Publisher:University of Illinois Press
ISSN:0003-0481
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://apq.press.uillinois.edu/54/3/gaultier.html

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