Philosophical Questions #2: Does Knowledge Have Intrinsic Value Or Does It Need To Have A Practical Use To Have Value?

Knowledge is a familiarity, awareness, or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, skills, or objects. By most accounts, knowledge can be acquired in many different ways and from many sources, including but not limited to perception, reason, memory, testimony, scientific inquiry, education, and practice.

Value is the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.

So, does knowledge have intrinsic value or does it need to have a practical use to be valuable?

I would say knowledge does have intrinsic value, knowledge doesn’t have to have a practical use to be valuable. For example, we could have knowledge of the universe that isn’t practical to be able to be applied to life but is intrinsically valuable to us for our understanding.

But then isn’t that practical if we know something? Oh dear, down the rabbit hole again..

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