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The tertiary value problem and the superiority of knowledge

Simion, Mona and Kelp, Christoph 2016. The tertiary value problem and the superiority of knowledge. American Philosophical Quarterly 53 (4) , pp. 397-409.

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According to the achievement account (AA) of the value of knowledge, knowledge is finally valuable because it is a species of a finally valuable genus, achievement. The achievement account is said to solve Pritchard’s tertiary value problem (TVP), the problem of showing that knowledge enjoys a different kind of value than mere true belief. This paper argues, first, that AA fails to solve TVP, and, second, that Pritchard’s motivations for TVP are inadequate. They do, however, motivate a weaker value problem, one that can be solved by showing that knowledge is weakly superior to mere true belief. Finally, third, we argue that knowledge does enjoy this form of weak superiority. Since this argument rests on AA’s key species-genus claim, AA can retain the upper hand in the debate.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISSN: 0003-0481
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 1 March 2015
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2020 12:07

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