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Do We Need an Academic Revolution to Create a Wiser World?

Maxwell, N; (2018) Do We Need an Academic Revolution to Create a Wiser World? In: Barnett, R and Peters, A, (eds.) The Idea of the University: Contemporary Perspectives, Volume 2. (pp. 539-540). Peter Lang: New York. Green open access

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Abstract

We urgently need to bring about a revolution in academic inquiry, one that transforms knowledge-inquiry into what may be called wisdom-inquiry. This revolution, were it to occur, would help humanity make progress towards as good a world as possible. Wisdom-inquiry gives intellectual priority to articulating problems of living, including global problems, and proposing and critically assessing possible solutions—possible actions, policies, political programmes. It actively seeks to promote public education about what our problems are, and what we need to do about them. It seeks to discover how problematic aims of social, political and economic endeavours may be improved. It includes a virtual government that seeks to discover what the actual government ought to be doing. In these and other ways, wisdom-inquiry would be actively and rationally engaged in helping humanity make progress towards a better world. Academia as it exists at present, dominated by knowledge-inquiry, cannot engage in these vitally necessary activities, or can only do so in a restricted, ineffective fashion. There are strong grounds for holding that wisdom-inquiry would dramatically enhance the capacity of humanity to make progress towards a better, wiser world.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Do We Need an Academic Revolution to Create a Wiser World?
ISBN-13: 978-1-4331-4981-8
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3726/b11839
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3726/b11839
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10047255
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