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When Is True Belief Knowledge?$
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Richard Foley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154725

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154725.001.0001

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The Value of True Belief

The Value of True Belief

(p.59) Chapter 10 The Value of True Belief
When Is True Belief Knowledge?

Richard Foley

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers issues about the value of true belief. When we deliberate about what to believe, the value that usually occupies us is truth. We try to determine which beliefs would be true as opposed to which would be useful. We weigh evidence for and against a claim, but we do not very often weigh the practical benefits and costs of believing it as opposed to not believing it. More precisely, we do not do so explicitly. The chapter explains why this is so, as what a person believes, like what they do, decide, and intend, can have important practical consequences.

Keywords:   true belief, true belief value, truth, pragmatism

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