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A Luxury of the UnderstandingOn the Value of True Belief$
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Allan Hazlett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674800

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674800.001.0001

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True Belief as a Non-Ideal Good

True Belief as a Non-Ideal Good

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(p.109) 4 True Belief as a Non-Ideal Good
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A Luxury of the Understanding
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Hazlett Allan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674800.003.0004

It is argued that true belief is only sometimes pro tanto valuable vis-à-vis the wellbeing of the believer. First, cases of useless true belief are considered. Second, cases of uninteresting and insignificant true belief are considered. Third, the social value of true belief is discussed, and it is argued that true belief is only sometimes socially valuable. Finally, the idea that true belief is necessary for wellbeing is criticized.

Keywords:   Utility, trivial truths, significance, wellbeing, value, truth

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