factual knowledge

understanding a wealth of information about the world around you

This is distinct from practical knowledge (about how things work / how things are done), or wisdom (big picture knowledge)… it covers all the little things you need to know to be considered knowledgeable.

a.k.a. being well-informed

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • ignorance
  • trivial (vice of excess)
  • unaware
  • uninformed
  • unknowledgeable

Virtues possibly in tension


How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links


Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “What is important is not the quantity of your knowledge, but its quality. You can know many things without knowing that which is most important.” —Tolstoy