How Simple is it for Science to Acquire Wisdom According to its Choicest Aims?

Philosophia 38 (4):649-666 (2010)
Focusing on Nicholas Maxwell’s thesis that “science, properly understood, provides us the methodological key to the salvation of humanity”, the article discusses Maxwell’s aim oriented empiricism and his conception of Wisdom Inquiry as advocated in Maxwell’s (2009b, pp.1–56) essay entitled “How Can Life of Value Best Flourish in the Real World?” (in Science and the Pursuit of Wisdom: Studies in the Philosophy of Nicholas Maxwell 2009, edited by Leemon McHenry) and in Maxwell (2004 & 2009a)
Keywords Rationality of science  Metaphysical assumptions  Aim and methodology of science  Popper, Maxwell and aim oriented empiricism  Aim-oriented rationality, Wisdom inquiry  Global challenges before humanity  The role of values
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