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A Revolution for Science and the Humanities: From Knowledge to Wisdom

Maxwell, N; (2005) A Revolution for Science and the Humanities: From Knowledge to Wisdom. Dialogue and Universalism , XV (1-2) 29 - 57. 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 capac-ity 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: Article
Title: A Revolution for Science and the Humanities: From Knowledge to Wisdom
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.dialogue.uw.edu.pl/
Language: English
Additional information: Full text made available here with permission of publisher
Keywords: knowledge; wisdom; the Enlightenment; reason; natural science; social inquiry; philosophy; academic inquiry; intellectual revolution; cooperation.
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/105662
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