Why Knowledge Is Prized Far More Than True Opinion Essay

967 Words Jun 30th, 2015 4 Pages
Meno asks Socrates why knowledge is prized far more than true opinion. To answer this, Socrates tells Meno that true opinion becomes knowledge through thought and recollection of what is true. Thus, true opinion is an unjustified belief while knowledge is a justified belief. So knowledge, in being justified, is more valuable than opinion. But what makes knowledge justified and what is justification? Socrates claims that true opinion becomes knowledge when one provides a reason for why the opinion is true. In other words, true opinion becomes knowledge when one justifies it. Through several thought experiments I will attempt to show that Socrates is right in declaring that knowledge is more valuable than true opinion. I will start with the hypothesis that knowledge, in being justified, is more valuable than true opinion. Imagine a new student comes to Chapel Hill for the first time and is looking for the Student Union. The student has no idea where the union is so he tries to ask for directions. He has the option to ask a current student who has knowledge of where the Student Union is or he can ask his friend, who has never been to Chapel Hill and merely believes he knows where the Student Union is. I will clarify that the student has knowledge of where the Student Union is because he has been there and thus his belief is justified. Whereas the friend, merely has true opinion of the location of the union because he has never been there before and merely thinks he knows where…

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