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The Urgent Need for Social Wisdom

Maxwell, Nicholas (2019) The Urgent Need for Social Wisdom. The Cambridge Handbook of Wisdom. pp. 754-780. ISSN 978-1-10870034-4

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Two great problems of learning confront humanity: learning about the universe; and learning how to become civilized. The first problem was solved in the 17th century, with the creation of modern science. But the second problem has not yet been solved. That puts us in a situation of great danger. All our current global problems have arisen as a result. We need to learn from our solution to the first problem how to solve the second. This was the basic idea of the 18th century Enlightenment. Unfortunately, the Enlightenment made three blunders that are still built into academia today. Correct these ancient blunders, and we would have what we so urgently need: universities rationally devoted to helping us solve global problems and create a wise world.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Maxwell, Nicholasnicholas.maxwell@ucl.ac.uk
Keywords: Science; academic inquiry; the Enlightenment; rationality; Civilization; global problems; climate change; education; philosophy; philosophy of science; social progress.
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Nicholas Maxwell
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2019 03:54
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2019 03:54
Item ID: 16386
Journal or Publication Title: The Cambridge Handbook of Wisdom
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Official URL: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/from-knowledge-to-wisdom/
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2019
Page Range: pp. 754-780
ISSN: 978-1-10870034-4
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16386

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