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Knowledge, utility of
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1. The concept

The concept of utility (from Latin utilis, “usable,” “useful”; utilitas, “utility,” “usefulness,” “benefit”) was already found in Greek natural philosophy (euchrestía in the works of the Stoics). The term utility of knowledge may stand for the utility of a scientific instrument or idea and a method of research, or the usefulness of scientific knowledge in a wider…

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Cormack, Lesley and Ede, Andrew, “Knowledge, utility of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030524>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



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