Nicholas Maxwell
University College London
A kind of academic inquiry rationally devoted to helping to promote human welfare would give intellectual priority to the tasks of (1) articulating, and improving the articulating of, problems of living, and (2) proposing and critically assessing possible solutions - possible actions, policies, political programmes, ways of living. The pursuit of knowledge and technological know-how would be important but secondary. If such a genuinely rigorous kind of academic inquiry had been in place in our universities at the beginning of the year, many nations would have dealt with Covid-19 far better than they have, and thousands of lives would have been saved.
Keywords Pandemic  Covid-19  Academia  Rationality  Wisdom  Knowledge  Social science  Problems of living  Human welfare  Philosophy  Education
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