Epistemology pp 126-138 | Cite as


  • Duncan Pritchard
Part of the Palgrave Philosophy Today book series (PPT)


The failure of the robust virtue epistemic defence of the final value of knowledge should make us reconsider the intuition that knowledge is precious. Are we right to value knowledge in this way? I’m inclined to think that reflecting on the value problem ultimately reveals to us that the answer to this question is ‘no’. Knowledge may be of great practical value — and if so its great practical value will give us a way of responding to the primary and secondary value problems — but it is not the kind of thing which is in its nature precious in the way that, say, a beautiful painting is. (Note that this is not to deny that some knowledge may be precious in this way.)


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  • Duncan Pritchard
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  1. 1.University of EdinburghUK

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