Ethical Record 117 (9):10-15 (2012)

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Nicholas Maxwell
University College London
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We urgently need to bring about a revolution in the aims and methods of science – and of academic inquiry more generally. Instead of giving priority to the search for knowledge, universities need to devote themselves to seeking and promoting wisdom by rational means, wisdom being the capacity to realize what is of value in life, for oneself and others, wisdom thus including knowledge, understanding and technological know-how, but much else besides. A basic task ought to be to help humanity learn how to create a better world. Acquiring scientific knowledge dissociated from a more basic concern for wisdom, as we do at present, is dangerously and damagingly irrational.
Keywords Academic revolution  Knowledge  Wisdom  Global problems  Social progress  Rationality  Philosophy of science  Philosophy of social science  Wisdom-inquiry  Aim-Oriented Rationality
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