Knowledge. Good God. What is it Good for?

A Philosopher's Take

The value problem of knowledge can be dated back to at least Plato’s dialogue Meno. In this dialogue, Socrates’ interlocutor asks why knowledge is more valuable than simply having a true belief. After all, a true belief that p seems just as practically valuable as knowledge that p. Consider the case of Sam who wishes to get to his friend, Susan. It might be argued that a true belief about the correct way to get to Susan is just as useful as knowledge of the correct way to get to Susan. After all, in both cases a true belief and knowledge gets Sam to Susan. On the other hand, many believe that knowledge is more valuable than true belief, but it remains difficult to explain why. The central issue in the value problem is the following: why is knowledge more valuable than true belief? Moreover, how exactly do…

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