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The Menace of Science without Wisdom

Maxwell, N; (2012) The Menace of Science without Wisdom. Ethical Record , 117 (9) 10 - 15. Green open access

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We urgently need to bring about a revolution in the aims and methods of science – and of academic inquiry more generally. Instead of giving priority to the search for knowledge, universities need to devote themselves to seeking and promoting wisdom by rational means, wisdom being the capacity to realize what is of value in life, for oneself and others, wisdom thus including knowledge, understanding and technological know-how, but much else besides. A basic task ought to be to help humanity learn how to create a better world. Acquiring scientific knowledge dissociated from a more basic concern for wisdom, as we do at present, is dangerously and damagingly irrational.

Title:The Menace of Science without Wisdom
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://www.ethicalsoc.org.uk/spes/ethicalrecord
Additional information:Full text made available with permission from the South Place Ethical Society
Keywords:Science, Wisdom, Global problems, Rationality, Social inquiry, Philosophy, Value
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Science and Technology Studies

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