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In Defence of Seeking Wisdom

Maxwell, Nicholas (2004) In Defence of Seeking Wisdom. [Preprint]

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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.

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Item Type: Preprint
Maxwell, Nicholas
Keywords: Academic inquiry, wisdom, knowledge, value, politics, suffering, Enlightenment, science, rationality, methodology.
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science Policy
Depositing User: Nicholas Maxwell
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2004
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:12
Item ID: 1866

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