From Knowledge to Wisdom: A Revolution in the Aims and Methods of Science

Oxford: Blackwell (1984)

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Nicholas Maxwell
University College London
Abstract
This book argues for the need to put into practice a profound and comprehensive intellectual revolution, affecting to a greater or lesser extent all branches of scientific and technological research, scholarship and education. This intellectual revolution differs, however, from the now familiar kind of scientific revolution described by Kuhn. It does not primarily involve a radical change in what we take to be knowledge about some aspect of the world, a change of paradigm. Rather it involves a radical change in the fundamental, overall intellectual aims and methods of inquiry. At present inquiry is devoted to the enhancement of knowledge. This needs to be transformed into a kind of rational inquiry having as its basic aim to enhance personal and social wisdom. This new kind of inquiry gives intellectual priority to the personal and social problems we encounter in our lives as we strive to realize what is desirable and of value – problems of knowledge and technology being intellectually subordinate and secondary. For this new kind of inquiry, it is what we do and what we are that ultimately matters: our knowledge is but an aspect of our life and being.
Keywords Science  Knowledge  Wisdom  Rationality  Global problems  Climate crisis  Social science  Humanities  Education  Social progress
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Call number BD161.M38 1984
ISBN(s) 0631156410   0631136029  
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