Do Philosophers Love Wisdom?

Nicholas Maxwell (2003) Do Philosophers Love Wisdom?, The Philosophers’ Magazine, Issue 22, 2nd quarter, 2003, pp. 22-24. Available online at http://philpapers.org/rec/MAXDPL-2

Academic inquiry as it exists today is the product of two past revolutions: the scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, and the Enlightenment of the 18th century. But the latter revolution made grave blunders, which are still built into the institutional structure of academia today. In order to correct these blunders, and create a kind of academic inquiry both more rigorous and of greater human value than what we have today, we need to transform academia so that the basic aim becomes to seek and promote wisdom by rational means. Academia today suffers from a philosophical mistake, one which philosophers ought to have tried to help put right. Unfortunately, philosophers' thoughts have been elsewhere: despite officially loving wisdom, they have failed to take up their proper task of ensuring inquiry seeks wisdom.



(My publication)Posted:Apr 30 2003, 06:00 PM by NickMaxwell
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