Scientists for Global Responsibility Newsletter (26 February 2003):7-9 (2003)

Nicholas Maxwell
University College London
What kind of science – or, more generally, what kind of academic inquiry – can best contribute to the public good? Two answers are considered: knowledge-inquiry and wisdom-inquiry. The former is what we have at present. It is, however, damagingly irrational. The latter is more rigorous and, potentially, of greater value in human and intellectual terms. It arises as a result of putting the Enlightenment Programme properly into practice. We urgently need to bring about a revolution in academia, so that wisdom-inquiry is put into practice.
Keywords Knowledge-inquiry  Wisdom-inquiry  Academic revolution  The Enlightenment programme
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