In Tom Bentley & Daniel Stedman Jones (eds.), The Moral Universe (2001)

Nicholas Maxwell
University College London
Can we learn to create a better world? Yes, if we first create traditions and institutions of learning rationally devoted to that end. At present universities all over the world are dominated by the idea that the basic aim of academic inquiry is to acquire knowledge. Such a conception of inquiry, judged from the standpoint of helping us learn wisdom and civilization, is grotesquely and damagingly irrational. We need to change our approach to academic enterprise if we are to create a kind of inquiry rationally devoted to helping us become more civilized.
Keywords Academic inquiry  Need for academic revolution  wisdom
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