As a proponent and practitioner of value−driven epistemology1, I am very gratified that this collection of essays on epistemic value has been put together. I believe that the recent emphasis on epistemic value within epistemology has already borne fruit, with the promise of much more to come. One reason for this promise is that a value−driven approach to epistemology invites one to ask kinds of questions that, while certainly not prohibited by more traditional epistemological method, do not naturally arise. Twentieth century analytic epistemology became rather myopically focused on getting the conditions under which one has knowledge just right, leaving aside for the most part questions about the role and value of knowledge in our lives more broadly. After all, while humans are knowers, we are many other things besides. Getting clear on precisely why we care about knowledge, whatever exactly it is, helps us understand how our cognitive lives are entwined with our moral lives, our prudential lives, etc.
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