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The Urgent Need for Social Wisdom

Maxwell, N; (2019) The Urgent Need for Social Wisdom. In: Sternberg, R and Gluck, J, (eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Wisdom. (pp. 754-780). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.

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Abstract

Two great problems of learning confront humanity: learning about the universe; and learning how to become civilized. The first problem was solved in the 17th century, with the creation of modern science. But the second problem has not yet been solved. That puts us in a situation of great danger. All our current global problems have arisen as a result. We need to learn from our solution to the first problem how to solve the second. This was the basic idea of the 18th century Enlightenment. Unfortunately, the Enlightenment made three blunders that are still built into academia today. Correct these ancient blunders, and we would have what we so urgently need: universities rationally devoted to helping us solve global problems and create a wise world.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The Urgent Need for Social Wisdom
ISBN-13: 9781108568272
DOI: 10.1017/9781108568272
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108568272
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.
Keywords: Applied Psychology, Cognition, Psychology: General Interest, Psychology
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/10076855
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