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What is good knowledge?

The present debate about the role of universities is in part a debate about the value of knowledge, a debate that dates back to Socrates.

Theme

Philosophy

Content

The present debate about the role of universities is in part a debate about the value of knowledge, a debate that dates back to Socrates. Why, he asked, do we value knowledge? Are we right to do so? If knowledge is valuable, is it because of the practical benefits it brings? Or might it be valuable for its own sake?

Why is this important?

Pursuing and promoting knowledge is costly for both individuals and society. To decide whether it is worth paying those costs, or whether to focus our limited time and resources on pursuing and promoting other things, we need to have a clear idea of what benefits, if any, knowledge brings.

Key descriptors

knowledge; value; truth

Year groups

Years 11, 12, 13

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