Can the World Acquire Wisdom?

Philosophy Now, June/July

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The crisis of our times is that we have science without wisdom.  All our current global problems have arisen as a result.  Learning how to become wiser has become, not a luxury, but a necessity.  The key is to learn from the success of science.  We need to learn from scientific progress how to achieve social progress towards a wiser world.  This is an old idea that goes back to the French Enlightenment.  However, in developing the idea, the philosophes of the Enlightenment made serious blunders, and it is their botched version of the Enlightenment programme that was developed throughout the 19th century, and built into academia all over the world in the early 20th century with the creation of the social sciences.  As a matter of great urgency, we need to put right the intellectual/institutional blunders we have inherited from the 18th century.  We need to bring about a revolution in academic inquiry so that the basic task becomes, not just to acquire knowledge, but to help humanity learn how to make progress towards a wiser world. 


(My publication)Posted:May 31 2015, 06:00 PM by NickMaxwell
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