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The urgent need for an academic revolution: from knowledge to wisdom

Maxwell, N; (2010) The urgent need for an academic revolution: from knowledge to wisdom. In: Wisniewski, WKAK, (ed.) International Interdisciplinary Technical Conference of Young Scientists: Proceedings. (pp. 19 - 30). : Poznan. Green open access

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Abstract

At present the basic intellectual aim of academic inquiry is to improve knowledge. Much of the structure, the whole character, of academic inquiry, in universities all over the world, is shaped by the adoption of this as the basic intellectual aim. But, judged from the standpoint of making a contribution to human welfare, academic inquiry of this type is damagingly irrational. Three of four of the most elementary rules of rational problem-solving are violated. A revolution in the aims and methods of academic inquiry is needed so that the basic aim becomes to promote wisdom, conceived of as the capacity to realize what is of value, for oneself and others, thus including knowledge and technological know-how, but much else besides. This urgently needed revolution would affect every branch and aspect of the academic enterprise.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The urgent need for an academic revolution: from knowledge to wisdom
Event: III International Interdisciplinary Technical Conference of Young Scientists
Location: Poznan, Poland
Dates: 2010-05-19 - 2010-05-21
ISBN-13: 9788392689621
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: Academic revolution, knowledge, wisdom, reason, problems of living, social progress, environmental problems, civilization.
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Science and Technology Studies
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/105667
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