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How does knowledge relate to the good life and happiness?

Plato equated the quest for knowledge with virtue, as essential to the good life. In contrast, Daoists seem to show no theoretical interest in what knowledge is or how to attain it.

Bertrand Russell, in his autobiography, describes the search for knowledge as one of his governing life passions. While laboring over his magnum opus, "Principia Mathematica", Russell frequently stood by his local train tracks and contemplated suicide.

How do we square our ethical and epistemological pursuits?

We might imagine the person in cognitive error as "experiencing conflict" and therefore precluded from happiness. But does the non-contradictory also equate with the realized?

Let's take an evening to talk about the good and true.

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  • Ivo

    Can't make it - my apology.

    March 30, 2013

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