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Knowledge, Truth, and DutyEssays on Epistemic Justification, Responsibility, and Virtue$
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Matthias Steup

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195128925

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195128923.001.0001

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Value Monism in Epistemology

Value Monism in Epistemology

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(p.170) 10 Value Monism in Epistemology
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Knowledge, Truth, and Duty
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Michael R. DePaul (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195128923.003.0011

Value monism is the view that truth is the only intrinsic epistemic good, and justification is valuable only as a means to true belief. Argues against this view. The two propositions – (1) truth is the only intrinsic epistemic good, and (2) knowledge is better than mere true belief – cannot, according to the writer, both be true. Since (2) is obviously true, we must reject (1), and embrace value pluralism, which asserts that in addition to truth, there are further intrinsic goods, such as knowledge and justification.

Keywords:   intrinsically good, justification, knowledge, monism, pluralism, truth

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