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NEWS
  • Conversations on Wisdom: UnCut Interview with Valerie Tiberius (video)

    by Jason Boulware and Jean Matelski Boulware Valerie Tiberius, PhD is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. Her current work focuses on practical ways in which philosophy and psychology contribute to the study of well-being and virtue. Her most recent book...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Who would listen to Bertrand Russell's appeal for moral growth today?

    Clare Carlisle, The Guardian In 1959, Russell said knowledge and technology were advancing our lives, but that our survival depended on ethical improvement Wisdom is the ideal that animates Russell's thought more than any other: perhaps this is only to be expected – Russell was, after all, a philosopher...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Do as I Do, Not as I Say

    By T. M. Luhrmann, The New York Times An excerpt: It's election season, and once again Democrats are flummoxed by evangelical voters. They think that “those people” vote against their own self-interest. They cannot believe that same-sex marriage matters so much to so many people. They don’t get why...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Consciousness: The Great Illusion?

    By Alison Gopnik, the New York Times An excerpt: Humphrey, an emeritus professor of psychology at the London School of Economics, may not have solved the mind-body problem, and there is something to be said for the awkward geekery of philosophical analysis and experimental data. But he has some really...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • The Examined Life, Age 8

    By Abby Goodnough from The New York Times. "A few times each month, second graders at a charter school in Springfield, Mass., take time from math and reading to engage in philosophical debate. There is no mention of Hegel or Descartes, no study of syllogism or solipsism. Instead, Prof. Thomas E...
     Posted by: Cait
  • Scientists say free will probably doesn't exist, but urge: "Don't stop believing!"

    by Jesse Bering from Scientific American "Suspend disbelief for a moment and imagine that you have agreed, as a secret agent in some confidential military operation, to travel back in time to the year 1894. To your astonishment, it’s a success! And now—after wiping away the magical time-travelling...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • Kierkegaard's World, Part 4: 'The essentially Human is Passion'

    By Clare Carlisle from Gaurdian. "In order to answer these questions, we need to look back at the philosophical tradition that Kierkegaard inherited. The dominant view within this tradition, from Plato and Aristotle through to Descartes, Spinoza and Kant, is that reason is the most important aspect...
     Posted by: Cait
  • Review - Mental Actions

    By Ulla Schmi from Metapsychology. "Lucy O'Brien's and Matthew Soteriou's Mental Actions accounts for a phenomenon that has been a stepchild to both Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Action: Mental Action. One anthology later, that much is clear: they better had done differently....
     Posted by: Cait
  • A World Without Why?

    By Raymond Geuss from The Point. "I have what I have always held to be a mildly discreditable day job, that of teaching philosophy at a university. I take it to be discreditable because about 85 percent of my time and energy is devoted to training aspiring young members of the commercial, administrative...
     Posted by: Cait
  • Many Minds, One Story

    By Richard E. Cytowic in Seed Magazine "From my perspective as a neurologist who studies minds and as a creative writer who imagines characters’ inner lives, Virginia Woolf’s mind is a marvel to behold. No two books are alike. “Not this, not that,” she seems to be saying as she rejects convention...
     Posted by: nick stock
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PUBLICATIONS
  • In Praise of Natural Philosophy: A Revolution for Thought and Life (2017)

    The central thesis of this book is that we need to reform philosophy and join it to science to recreate a modern version of natural philosophy; we need to do this in the interests of rigour, intellectual honesty, and so that science may serve the best interests of humanity. The book seeks to redraw our...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • The temporality of prudence in Thomas Aquinas: Towards a participatory construal of Heidegger’s sorge (2016)

    Abstract: According to Heidegger’s interpretation, while Aristotle’s treatment of practical wisdom cannot be divorced from his account of theoretical wisdom, there has nevertheless been a tendency in Western thought to separate what he terms the theoretical and practical modes of concern and to afford...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Philosophical Wisdom as a Method of Formation the Worldview of an Individual (2016)

    Abstract: The article observes the role and significance of philosophical wisdom in the formation of person's worldview. It is also demonstrates the efficient ways of its usage, methods and conditions. It is noted that throughout ages Philosophy has mainly been studying the imagination, logic and...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Understanding Scientific Progress (2016)

    "Understanding Scientific Progress constitutes a potentially enormous and revolutionary advancement in philosophy of science. It deserves to be read and studied by everyone with any interest in or connection with physics or the theory of science. Maxwell cites the work of Hume, Kant, J.S. Mill,...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Searching for Wisdom In Movies: From the Book of Job to Sublime Conversations (2016)

    Abstract : In this volume, Richard Gilmore explores film as a channel through which to engage in philosophical reflection and analyzes the relationship between philosophy and film. This book argues that philosophy and film can and should be used for the amelioration of life’s difficulties and the promotion...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Two Great Problems of Learning: Science and Civilization (2016)

    Two great problems of learning confront humanity: learning about the nature of the universe and about ourselves and other living things as a part of the universe, and learning how to become civilized. The first problem was solved, in essence, in the seventeenth century, with the creation of modern science...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Pedagogical Wisdom: A Creative Force (2016)

    Abstract: The dominant 21st-century worldview is replete with stupid rather than wise values, signified by corporate greed, climate crises, environmental degradation and huge economic disparity. Is this what we want for our children and their grandchildren? What do we aspire towards? After a brief diagnostic...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wisdom and humility (2016)

    Excerpt: Practical wisdom (wisdom concerned with what to do rather than what to think about abstract matters) is the virtue that enables a person to deliberate and choose well. The wise person grasps what matters in life and reasons well about how to get it. This understanding of wisdom comes from Aristotle...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Contextualising Postmodernity in Daoist Symbolism: Toward a mindful education embracing eastern wisdom (2016)

    Abstract: In cultivating a Western inclination toward Eastern wisdom, it is important to seek the foundations that sustain traditional practices toward such end. In a secularised and modern world view, the tendency has been to extract and abstract foundational practices such as mindfulness meditation...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wisdom: A World History (2016)

    Summary: Trevor Curnow provides an accessible introduction to wisdom and the many ways we have tried to achieve it throughout history. ‘There’s no fool like an old fool,’ the saying goes. What is it about wisdom that sets it apart from mere intelligence? What is that elusive difference between a simple...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
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DISCUSSIONS
  • Conversations on Wisdom: Valerie Tiberius

    By Jean Matelski Boulware Valerie Tiberius, PhD is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. Her current work focuses on practical ways in which philosophy and psychology contribute to the study of well-being and virtue. Her most recent book, Moral Psychology...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Conversations on Wisdom: Theodore Richards

    By Jean Matelski Boulware Theodore Richards is the founder and director of the Chicago Wisdom Project. The mission of the Chicago Wisdom Project is to re-imagine education through holistic programming that transforms individual, community, and world through creative expression. He is the author of Handprints...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • The Rosewood Report: Questions about Wisdom, Part 1

    By Valerie Tiberius At end the of July, 2010, a small group of philosophers and psychologists met at the Rosewood Inn in Hastings, Minnesota to talk about wisdom. The workshop included five sessions. The first four sessions were organized around presentations by a philosopher and a psychologist on the...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Is it possible to define wisdom without saying what it is?

    In 1873, American poet John Godfrey Saxe published an English-language version of the philosophical fable about the blind men and the elephant. Touching various parts of the elephant, each of the blind men offered his own account of what the elephant was. The man near the trunk said it was like a snake;...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • What is the role of reflection in practical wisdom?

    For ancient philosophers, wisdom required knowing the good and a wise person could live a flourishing life, in part, because he or she possessed this knowledge. These days, we are less certain that there is a good to be known that will help us live flourishing lives. Further, if we want to measure how...
     Posted by: wattawa
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