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Understanding Wisdom

Understanding Wisdom Editor’s Note “At present there can be little doubt that the whole of mankind is in mortal danger, not because we are short of scientific and technological know-how, but because we tend to use it destructively, without wisdom. More education can help us only if it produces more...

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How Can Life of Value Best Flourish in the Real World?

How Can Life of Value Best Flourish in the Real World? The Urgent Need for an Intellectual Revolution For much of my working life (from 1972 onwards) I have argued, in and out of print, that we need to bring about a revolution in the aims and methods of science...

Confucius and Socrates

Confucius and Socrates Teaching Wisdom Introduction When contemplating what philosophical contribution can be made to education, one way to begin is to look at the origin of the word “philosophy,” which derives from Greek, and means literally “the love of wisdom.” In Plato’s Phaedrus, Socrates said that those whose ideas...

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Sophism

What Is Sophism? Sophism in the modern definition is a specious argument used for deceiving someone. In ancient Greece, sophists were a category of teachers who specialized in using the tools of philosophy and rhetoric for the purpose of teaching arete — excellence, or virtue — predominantly to young statesmen...

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Perspicacity

What Is Perspicacity? Perspicacity (also called perspicaciousness) is a penetrating discernment (from the Latin perspicācitās, meaning sharpsightedness, discrimination)—a clarity of vision or intellect which provides a deep understanding and insight. In 17th-century Europe, René Descartes devised systematic rules for clear thinking in his work Regulæ ad directionem ingenii (Rules for the direction of natural intelligence). In Descartes’ scheme, intelligence consisted...

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The Key to Wisdom

The Key to Wisdom Nearly forty years ago I discovered a profoundly significant idea – or so I believe. Since then, I have expounded and developed the idea in six books[1] and countless articles published in academic journals and other books.[2] I have talked about the idea in universities and...

Sophology: The Study of Wisdom

Sophology: The Study of Wisdom An Exploratory Essay Outline: Wisdom: preliminary notion Analysis of the situation calling for wisdom What wisdom is not Wisdom, psychiatry, midwifery Sophology as a justified neologism: against philosophy Some analogies of wisdom Winning, losing – losing one’s soul Economics as a pseudo-analogy of wisdom The...

The Wisdom of Rumi

The Wisdom of Rumi Main articles: Rumi, Jalaladdin al – Rumi, Mevlânâ Celâleddin Mehmed Rumi’s Biography, Prayers Of Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi, Prayers Quotes by Rumi , Rumi Quotes, Poems by Rumi His poetry speaks the universal language of love, faith, and tolerance, and he has been hailed by numerous literary...

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Where Is The Wisdom We Have Lost In Knowledge?

Where Is The Wisdom We Have Lost In Knowledge? If you travel northwest from Athens, on the road to Corinth, you will come to the ruins of the once great city of Delphi. Delphi is the place once thought by the Greeks to be the center of the world. Here,...

The 7 Dimensions of Wisdom

The 7 Dimensions of Wisdom Get Out of Your Own Way: Coaching and Self-Development Using SOPPHIA  The concept of wisdom is as old as human civilization. It implies that the greatest challenge that each of us faces is ourselves. Sophia is the Greek word for wisdom, and in mythology was...

The Rosewood Report on Practical Wisdom 

The Rosewood Report on Practical Wisdom  At end the of July, 2010, a small group of philosophers and psychologists (see participant list at the end of this report) met at the Rosewood Inn in Hastings, Minnesota to talk about wisdom.1  The workshop included five sessions.  The first four were organized...

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WISDOM: The Highest Aim of Life and Higher Education

WISDOM: The Highest Aim of Life and Higher Education A “Thomas P. Johnson Distiguished Visiting Scholar” talk given by Copthorne Macdonald at  Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida on April 5, 2006. (Also available as a Flash streaming video presentation.) This evening I want to have a conversation with you about three...

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Why Knowledge Without Wisdom Is Dangerous

Why Knowledge Without Wisdom Is Dangerous “Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.” The Japanese certainly have a way with words. But surely that ass is still better off with the books than without them? In England, learning is so highly prized that...

Wisdom and Wilderness

Wisdom and Wilderness Wisdom and wilderness are awesome words. They inspire feelings of profound respect, a little fear, and wonder when we recall how little we know about them. It is something like talking about God or joy or love; most people would rather not. These subjects are what engineers...

Prajna (Hinduism)

Prajna (Hinduism) Prajña or Pragya (प्रज्ञ) as प्रज्ञा, प्राज्ञ and प्राज्ञा is used to refer to the highest and purest form of wisdom, intelligence and understanding. Pragya is the state of wisdom which is higher than the knowledge obtained by reasoning and inference. See also: Prajñā (Buddhism) Meaning The Sanskrit word प्रज्ञ...

Sophia in Gnosticism

Sophia in Gnosticism Sophia (“Wisdom”, “the Sophia”[1]) is a major theme, along with Knowledge (gnosis, Coptic sooun), among many of the early Christian knowledge-theologies grouped by the heresiologist Irenaeus as gnostikos, “learned”. Gnosticism is a 17th-century term expanding the definition of Irenaeus’ groups to include other syncretic and mystery religions.[2] In gnosticism, Sophia is a feminine...

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Chokhmah

What Is Chokhmah? Chokmâh (חָכְמָה ,חכמה, ḥoḵmah or khok-maw’) is the Biblical Hebrew word rendered as “wisdom” in English Bible versions (LXX σοφία sophia, Vulgate sapientia). The word occurs 149 times in the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible The Talmud (Shabbat 31a) describes knowledge of the Talmudic order of Kodshim as a high level of wisdom, chokhmah. It is cognate with the Arabic word...

Sophia (wisdom)

Sophia (wisdom) Sophia (σοφία sophía “wisdom“) is a central idea in Hellenistic philosophy and religion, Platonism, Gnosticism, and Christian theology. Originally carrying a meaning of “cleverness, skill”, the later meaning of the term, close to the meaning of Phronesis (“wisdom, intelligence”), was significantly shaped by the term philosophy (“love of wisdom”) as used by Plato. In...

Ancient Egyptian Philosophy

Ancient Egyptian Philosophy Today, there is some debate regarding ancient Egyptian philosophy and its true scope and nature. Several of the ancient Greek philosophers regarded Egypt as a place of wisdom and philosophy. Isocrates (b. 436 BCE) states in Busiris that “all men agree the Egyptians are the healthiest and most long of...

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Sage (philosophy)

Sage (philosophy) A sage (sophos), in classical philosophy, is someone who has attained the wisdom which a philosopher seeks. The first to make this distinction is Plato, through the character of Socrates, within the Symposium. While analyzing the concept of love, Socrates concludes Love is that which lacks the object it seeks. Therefore, the philosopher (meaning lover of...

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