On the Value of Knowledge

Part of the LEP Library of Exact Philosophy book series (LEP, volume 11)


It is now appropriate to ask why men really seek knowledge. Why do we devote our lives to this curious occupation of constantly searching out sameness in difference? Why do we strive to designate the rich manifold of the universe by means of only those concepts that are built up from a minimum number of elementary concepts?


Practical Wisdom Elementary Concept Pure Science Easy Path Positivist Philosophy 
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  1. 41.
    J. Schultz brings this out very nicely in Die drei Welten der Erkenntnistheorie, Göttingen 1907, pp. 32 ff. and 76 ff.Google Scholar
  2. 42.
    See W. Ostwald, Grundrisse der Naturphilosophie, 1908, p. 22.Google Scholar
  3. 43.
    I have sought to evaluate the significance of this process in a nontechnical book Lebensweisheit, Munich 1908. See also W. Wundt’s Prinzip der Heterogonie der Zwecke.Google Scholar
  4. 44.
    Die Philosophie des Als Ob, 2nd edition, 1911, p. 95.Google Scholar
  5. 45.
    M. Planck, Zur Machschen Theorie der physikalischen Erkenntnis, Vierteljahresschrift für wissenschaftliche Philosophie 34 (1910), pp. 499 ff.Google Scholar
  6. 46.
    E. Mach, Die Mechanik in ihrer Entwicklung, 3rd edition, 1907, p. 480.Google Scholar

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