... Aristotle is famous for saying that we all naturally desire knowledge. But do we always want to know the truth? (Cue Mario Winans’ “I don’t Wanna Know”.) ...
Power, fame, and money are extrinsic reasons to desire knowledge;
they could explain what makes knowledge extrinsically valuable. ...
We can argue about what makes knowledge extrinsically valuable simply because
we can argue about what is valuable. But if knowledge is intrinsically valuable,
then knowledge is valuable and its value is not derived from something else.
If knowledge has intrinsic value, then you may prefer knowledge only for its own sake. ... The way I see it, knowledge has both intrinsic and extrinsic value.
We value knowledge independently of our other values, but
part of what makes knowledge valuable are other valuable things,
such as that awesome feeling when we win trivia
or correctly answer a tough question. ...
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