A Luxury of the Understanding: On the Value of True Belief by Alan Hazlett

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The price of precise trust has performed a valuable position in historical past of philosophy—consider Socrates’ slogan that the unexamined lifestyles isn't really worthy residing, and Aristotle’s declare that everybody certainly desires knowledge—as good as in modern epistemology, the place questions about the price of data have lately taken heart level. It has frequently been assumed that actual representation—true belief—is worthwhile, both instrumentally or for its personal sake. In A luxurious of the Understanding, Allan Hazlett bargains a serious examine of that assumption, and of the most ways that it may be defended.


Hazlett defends the belief that real trust is at such a lot occasionally worthwhile. within the first a part of the publication, he goals the view that precise trust is in general larger for us than fake trust, and argues that fake ideals approximately ourselves—for instance, unrealistic optimism approximately our futures and approximately people, comparable to overly confident perspectives of our friends—are frequently worthwhile vis-a-vis our wellness. within the moment half, he ambitions the view that fact is “the target of belief,” and argues for anti-realism in regards to the epistemic price of precise trust. jointly, those arguments contain a problem to the philosophical assumption of the price of actual trust, and recommend another photograph, on which the truth that a few humans love fact is all there's to “the price of precise belief.”

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Consider Parfit’s sketch of such a theory: The good things might include moral goodness, rational activity, the development of one’s abilities, having children and being a good parent, knowledge, and the awareness of true beauty. The bad things might include being betrayed, manipulated, slandered, deceived, being deprived of liberty or dignity, and enjoying either sadistic pleasure, or aesthetic pleasure in what is in fact ugly.  499) Seeking or acquiring these things, then, is what makes our lives go well, regardless of our desires.

203).  216) appeal to curiosity in connection with the value of true belief.  247–51, and Brady 2010. 22 two ancient ideas What does this claim mean? What could it mean? And in what sense or senses, if any, is it true? Let’s call this claim, that everyone naturally wants knowledge, Aristotle’s principle of curiosity. What Aristotle says everyone naturally wants is to eidenai, which means to see or to know. This makes sense of the passage that follows: An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves; and above all others the sense of sight.

31).  266–71). 2) problematizes the idea that “we” are interested in the truth (whether for its own sake, or for some other reason). Things are different when it comes to the (as yet undefined) notion of “epistemic” value. This is one reason why we should seek an explanation or account of the “epistemic” value of true belief. Philosophers have offered accounts of belief that, if true, would yield explanations of the value of true belief. We’ll examine those accounts below (Chapters 6–8). 6 What is true belief?

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