Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Preconditional Value of Understanding
by Yunker, Mathew Mandeville, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2014, 115; 3631145
Abstract (Summary)

In this dissertation I examine whether and how knowledge or cognitive achievements like it have final value. I first give an account of epistemic value according to which it is not a unique kind of value, but rather value simpliciter which attaches to epistemic objects. I then critically evaluate recent prominent accounts of the value of knowledge and find them lacking. I argue that both virtue- and curiosity-based accounts of the value of knowledge fail to ground universal final value for it. I conclude that knowledge does not in fact have universal final value, and propose my own view that not it, but understanding has what I call universal preconditional value: it is a precondition for the formation of values at all.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bernecker, Sven
Commitee: Greenberg, Sean, Schwab, Martin
School: University of California, Irvine
Department: Philosophy
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 75/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Epistemology, Philosophy
Keywords: Epistemology, Philosophy, Value theory
Publication Number: 3631145
ISBN: 9781321094503
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