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Is perfect knowledge a good virtue? or is some mystery a good thing?  Either one possesses perfect knowledge or perfect knowledge with the knowledge we can not know all; which is more desirable/better?

Your question assumes that there is some relationship between the true, the good, and the beautiful. Plato made the same assumption, but it's hard to defend once you start asking deeper questions.

It's also not clear what "perfect knowledge" might mean. Most philosophers hold that knowledge is something like justified true belief, so we either have knowledge or we don't. There's no "perfect" about it.

I will say that between two situations, one in which we think we have the right answer to every question and one in which we know we don't, I would prefer the latter, just because it makes life more interesting.

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Charles K. MacKay


I can answer a number of questions in philosophy; my academic concentrations (graduate school at Cornell) are ethics, political philosophy, and 19th-century German philosophy (Marx, Hegel, and hangers-on.)



BA, New College, 1971, Philosophy and Religion
Awarded four graduate fellowships upon graduation

MA, Cornell University, 1974
Social and Political Philosophy, Danforth Fellowship

All course work and dissertation drafts completed for Ph.D. Cornell University, 1971-1975, Social and Political Philosophy, Danforth Fellowship

Courses in statistics and microeconomics, George Washington University and The American University, 1976-1978

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Bachelor of Arts, Philosphy and Religion, New College, 1971 Master of Arts, Social and Political Philosophy, Cornell University, 1975

Awards and Honors
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