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The Nature and Value of Knowledge: Three Investigations



Pritchard D, Millar A & Haddock A (2010) The Nature and Value of Knowledge: Three Investigations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

The book is the outcome of a project on the value of knowledge the aim of which was to investigate whether light can be shed on the nature of knowledge by reflecting on whether, and if so why, knowledge is of value to us. The book takes the form of three distinct investigations written, respectively, by each of the authors. Pritchard's is a critical examination of a conception of the value of knowledge within the framework of a virtuetheoretic epistemology. Millar is critical of reductive accounts of knowledge and presents accounts of perceptual knowledge, knowledge from indicators and knowledge from testimony in which recognitional abilities take centre stage. Haddock focuses on the relationship between perceptual knowledge and knowledge of our own intentional actions. He offers an account human perceptual knowledge that helps to make sense of the value of knowledge and applies this to account to knowledge of our own intentional actions building on the work of G. E. M. Anscombe.

analysis of knowledge; cognitive competences and abilities; intentional action; justified belief; knowledge; perception; testimony; perception; testimony;value of knowledge; virtue epistemology

Publication date31/12/2010
PublisherOxford University Press
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Place of publicationOxford

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Dr Adrian Haddock
Dr Adrian Haddock

Senior Lecturer, Philosophy

Professor Alan Millar
Professor Alan Millar

Emeritus Professor, Philosophy