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Knowledge and the State of NatureAn Essay in Conceptual Synthesis$
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Edward Craig

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198238799

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198238797.001.0001

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Knowledge and involvement. What makes truth valuable?

Knowledge and involvement. What makes truth valuable?

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(p.130) XIV Knowledge and involvement. What makes truth valuable?
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DOI:10.1093/0198238797.003.0014

The concept of knowledge is a concept formed and operated by active beings who need to direct their activity. This, according to Craig, explains two features associated with the concept of knowledge: (1) the fact that we want true beliefs (for if we are genuinely to direct our activity, we must have true beliefs about the consequences of such and such an action or inaction), and (2) the fact that we actively seek the truth and therefore try to ‘track’ it, rather than merely hoping to hit it.

Keywords:   true belief, knowledge, justified true belief

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