Value Theory and Epistemology
One thing I've learned from thinking about the value of knowledge is that a background in value theory would be more than just helpful, but probably indespensible to doing good work. Too many epistemologists, I think, pronounce their views on value with only a superficial familiarity of the value-theory terrain. I am certainly guilty as charged on this score. In fact, if I could have done it all over, I would have studied value theory 'first' (along with epistemology) and then worked on the Meno Problem, rather than doing epistemology and then jumping head first into the Meno Problem.
But oh well. At least I think I've caught this oversight at an early stage in my dissertation!
Anyway, toward the goal of correcting this oversight, I've been wanting to read the 'right stuff' in value theory to supplement my interest in epistemic value.
Two papers that have been especially helpful have been Rabinowicz and Ronni-Rasmussen's paper that makes precise the distinction between intrinsic and final value. (This is helpful for those interseted in knowledge-as-achievement views such as Greco's and Sosa's). Also VERY useful toward thinking about the Meno Problem and the Swamping Problem has been Campell Brown's recent paper "Two Kinds of Value Holism."
But that said, I want to also share what I think 'looks' like a nice little goldmine resource for epistemologists who want a better grounding in the foundations of value. I was browsing Rabinowicz's webpage looking for value wisdom and came across a value resource webpage that features some of the recent work taking place at Lund.
And so, my guess is that this would be a great reading list for those interested in epistemic value!
Also, PLEASE do share any other value theory articles here that you think would be helpful for those working in the area of epistemic value!!