Wisdom is the combination of experience, knowledge and careful judgment. If you’ve got it, you’re “wise.” If you haven’t, well don’t worry, most of us don’t either.

Wisdom, sapience, or sagacity is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. 

Principle of Sufficient Reason

Principle of Sufficient Reason The principle of sufficient reason states that everything must have a reason or a cause. The modern[1] formulation of the principle is usually attributed to Gottfried Leibniz,[2] although the idea was conceived of and utilized by various philosophers who preceded him, including Anaximander,[3] Parmenides, Archimedes,[4] Plato and Aristotle,[5] Cicero,[5] Avicenna,[6] Thomas Aquinas, and Spinoza.[7] Some philosophers have associated the principle of sufficient reason with “ex...

Compatibilism

What Is Compatibilism? This article is about the philosophical view on free will.  Compatibilism is the belief that free will and determinism are mutually compatible and that it is possible to believe in both without being logically inconsistent.[1] Compatibilists believe freedom can be present or absent in situations for reasons that have nothing to do with metaphysics.[2] They...

Voluntarism In Philosophy

What Is Voluntarism In Philosophy? Voluntarism is “any metaphysical or psychological system that assigns to the will (Latin: voluntas) a more predominant role than that attributed to the intellect”,[1] or, equivalently, “the doctrine that will is the basic factor, both in the universe and in human conduct”.[2] This description has been applied to various points of view,...

Wisdom (al-Hikmah): A Paradigm for Social Sunan

Wisdom (al-Hikmah): A Paradigm for Social Sunan – A Fresh Look at Islam – By Faysal S. Burhan Wisdom and Islam Al-Hikmah or wisdom means a total insight and having sound judgment concerning a matter or situation through understanding cause and effect phenomena. Al-Hikmah constitutes one of the three major teachings...

Book and Wisdom (Kitab and Hikma)

“Book and Wisdom (Kitab & Hikma)” = Qur’an and Hadith Books  “Wisdom / حكمة (Hikma)” is a recurrent word in the Qur’an. “For this We sent a Messenger to you from among you to recite our Verses to you and purify you and teach you the Book and Wisdom حكمة...

Arabian Wisdom

Arabian Wisdom ELECTIONS AND TRANSLATIONS FROM THE ARABIC By JOHN WORTABET, M.D. NEW YORK, E. P. DUTTON AND COMPANY [1913] TO MY CHILDREN “What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”—Micah vi. 8. Table of Contents Editorial Note Introduction The First Chapter of the...

About Wisdom… in Islam

Wisdom in Islam Wisdom has been variously defined throughout the ages. However, none of these numerous definitions have been enough to provide people with the real meaning of wisdom. This is because information seekers have not consulted an accurate source but tried to assess wisdom by their own reasoning. As...

Yeshua, Torah and the Tree of Life

Yeshua, Torah and the Tree of Life Torah is also called the “Tree of Life,” as it points us to God as He reveals Himself in the Sephirot, and thus His salvation. Going back to the time of Moses, God Himself states that His Torah is the way of “life.”...

“Finding Wisdom, Faith and Comfort in the Tanach”

“Finding Wisdom, Faith and Comfort in the Tanach” The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle Written by Dr. Larry Hurwitz The following is one in a series of columns in which local community members write about their favorite Jewish books. This week’s column is by Larry Hurwitz, M.D., a senior editor for Torah...

Old Testament Wisdom

Old Testament Wisdom The didactic books constitute the third group of writings in the Old Testament. They teach man to organize his personal, earthly life in such a way that it will be blessed by God and by men, and may give him prosperity and peace of soul. The wisdom...

The Wisdom of the Talmud

The Wisdom of the Talmud A Thousand Years of Jewish Thought By Rabbi BEN ZION BOKSER New York: Philosophical Library [1951] TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION THE TALMUD AS LITERATURE The Bible Requires Supplementation; The Sanctions for Biblical Supplementation; The Method of Midrash Halakah; The Method of Midrash Haggadah; The Midrash as Literature; The...

The Wisdom of Israel

The Wisdom of Israel by Edwin Collins, [1910] Title Page Contents Editorial Note Introduction Why God Permits Idolatry The Lamp that Goes Out when its Light is Done, and the Figs that are Gathered in their Due Season The Labourers in the Vineyard The Likeness of a Palm-Tree The Tutor and...

Ancient Jewish Proverbs

ANCIENT JEWISH PROVERBS – WISDOM OF THE EAST ANCIENT JEWISH PROVERBS COMPILED AND CLASSIFIED BY THE REV. A. COHEN LATE SCHOLAR OF EMMANUEL COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, ETC. LONDON JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET, W. [1911] TO THE REVERED MEMORY OF MY TEACHER MICHAEL FRIEDLANDER PREFACE The best modern collection of Jewish proverbs is Rabbinische Blumenlese (Leipzig, 1844), and Zur rabbinischen Spruchkunde (Wien, 1851), by...

Wisdom In Judaism

WISDOM (Hebr. ; Greek, σοφία): By: Kaufmann Kohler Practical intelligence; the mental grasp which observes and penetrates into the nature of things, and also the ability skilfully to perform difficult tasks. The former faculty is intuitive, the latter creative. Hence the word connotes both deep understanding and artistic skill. Wisdom is at...

Jewish Wisdom and Apocalyptic in Gnostic Apocalypses

Jewish Wisdom and Apocalyptic in Gnostic Apocalypses SBL session on Wisdom and Apocalyptic, November 20, 2001 By Birger A. Pearson “Jewish wisdom and apocalypticism cannot be cleanly separated from one another.” This statement by George Nickelsburg inaugurating the SBL section on “Jewish Wisdom and Apocalypticism in Early Judaism and Early...

Moral Virtues Recommended In The Torah

Moral Virtues Recommended In The Torah Humility: Avoiding Pride and Arrogance He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the Prophet, who spoke the word of the Lord. (2 Chronicles, 36:12) A little while, and the wicked will be no...

Disciples of Confucius

Disciples of Confucius According to Sima Qian, Confucius said: “The disciples who received my instructions, and could themselves comprehend them, were seventy-seven individuals. They were all scholars of extraordinary ability.” It was traditionally believed that Confucius had three thousand students, but that only 72 mastered what he taught. The following is a list...

Confucius

Who Is Confucius? Confucius  孔子 The teaching Confucius. Portrait by Wu Daozi, 685–758, Tang dynasty. Born 551 BC Zou, Lu, Zhou Kingdom (present-day Nanxinzhen, Qufu, Shandong, China) Died 479 BC (aged 71–72) Lu, Zhou Kingdom Nationality Zhou   Era Ancient philosophy Region Chinese philosophy School Confucianism Main interests Moral philosophy, social philosophy, ethics Notable ideas Confucianism, Golden Rule Confucius was a Chinese...

Doctrine of The Mean

Doctrine of The Mean or Zhongyong  The Doctrine of the Mean or Zhongyong is both a doctrine of Confucianism and also the title of one of the Four Books of Confucian philosophy. The text is attributed to Zisi or Kong Ji, the only grandson of Confucius. It was published as a chapter in the Classic of Rites. The phrase “doctrine of the mean” first occurs in...

Wisdom of The Bible

Wisdom of The Bible Preface I originally started this project as a way to teach some of the Bible’s wisdom to my two sons, Stephen and Andrew. Along the way, I decided to expand it into a form that could be shared, hoping that others may find it useful, too....

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