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

By Allan Hazlett

the worth of precise trust has performed a imperative position in historical past of philosophy—consider Socrates' slogan that the unexamined existence isn't worthy residing, and Aristotle's declare that everybody obviously desires knowledge—as good as in modern epistemology, the place questions about the worth of information have lately taken middle level. It has often been assumed that exact representation—true belief—is useful, both instrumentally or for its personal sake. In A
Luxury of the certainty, Allan Hazlett bargains a serious research of that assumption, and of the most ways that it may be defended.
Hazlett defends the belief that actual trust is at so much occasionally helpful. within the first a part of the ebook, he goals the view that real trust is generally larger for us than fake trust, and argues that fake ideals approximately ourselves—for instance, unrealistic optimism approximately our futures and approximately people, equivalent to overly optimistic perspectives of our friends—are frequently beneficial vis-à-vis our wellness. within the moment half, he ambitions the view that fact is "the goal of belief," and argues for
anti-realism in regards to the epistemic worth of real trust. jointly, those arguments contain a problem to the philosophical assumption of the worth of real trust, and recommend an alternate photo, on which the truth that a few humans love fact is all there's to "the worth of precise belief".

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