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Action, Knowledge, and Will$
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John Hyman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198735779

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735779.001.0001

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The Road to Larissa

The Road to Larissa

(p.191) 8 The Road to Larissa
Action, Knowledge, and Will

John Hyman

Oxford University Press

As Plato explains in the Meno, once we distinguish between knowing a fact and merely having the right opinion, it becomes hard to explain why we value knowledge. The advantage of knowledge over ignorance about some matter that concerns us is obvious. For example, the traveller who knows which road leads to Larissa is more likely to get there than the one who does not. But it is harder to explain the advantage of knowing that something is the case over having the true belief that it is the case, because believing something and knowing it tend to produce the same behaviour. This chapter proposes a solution to this problem based on the theory of knowledge defended in Chapter 7.

Keywords:   Plato, Meno, value, knowledge, ignorance, belief

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