Why We Should Prefer Knowledge

Steven Reynolds

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMidwest Studies in Philosophy
Subtitle of host publicationTruth and its Deformities
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781405191456
StatePublished - Apr 17 2009


  • "the swamping problem" - apparently because the goodness of the result
  • Attributions of knowledge - function as expressions of approval of testimony
  • Innovations from Plato's Meno - we may desire truth for its own sake or we may look back for a source of value
  • Knowledge - instrumental good - valuable because it enables us to obtain other goods
  • Knowledgeable testimony
  • Seeking knowledge - reliable or effective way to obtain true beliefs
  • Term for praising testimony, "gnows"
  • Testimony -subclass of assertions offered as informative
  • Why we should prefer knowledge and obtaining approval of others

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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