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In Defence of Seeking Wisdom

Maxwell, N; (2004) In Defence of Seeking Wisdom. Metaphilosophy , 35 (5) 733 - 743. 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2004.00347.x. Green open access

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Abstract

Steven Yates has criticized my claim that we need to bring about a revolution in the aims and methods of academic inquiry, so that the aim becomes to promote wisdom rather than just acquire knowledge. Yates's main criticism is that the proposed revolution does not have a clear strategy for its implementation, and is, in any case, Utopian, unrealizable and undesirable. It is argued, here, that Yates has misconstrued what the proposed revolution amounts to; in fact it is realizable, urgently needed, and involves exploiting the kind of strategies utilized so effectively by the philosophes of the 18th century French Enlightenment.

Type: Article
Title: In Defence of Seeking Wisdom
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2004.00347.x
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9973.2004.00347.x
Language: English
Additional information: The definitive version is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
Keywords: Academic inquiry, wisdom, knowledge, value, politics, suffering, Enlightenment, science, rationality, methodology
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/105633
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