Wisdom Research (2007-2015)

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Project II: Wisdom Research (2012-2015)

Six research projects lead by University of Chicago faculty, in collaboration with scientists at other institutions, investigated big questions in the field that have been the greatest potential of influencing research, education, policy, and professions: What is the relationship between expertise and wisdom? How does experience increase wisdom? What is the relationship between cognitive, social and emotional processes in mediating wisdom? 
Wisdom Research (2012-2015) and the Wisdom Research Network Website featured the latest news and publications on wisdom science, and encouraged interdicsiplinary discussions about how wisdom can play a role in the professions and public life.
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Project I: Defining Wisdom (2007-2011)

The goal of the Defining Wisdom project was to stimulate new distinctive scientific and scholarly contributions to wisdom research and to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and understanding in service of laying the foundation for a field of Wisdom Science. To this end, the University of Chicago Arete Initiative announced the Defining Wisdom Request for Applications (RFA) in September 2007. From over 600 applicants, 23 grantees were selected for both the merit of their individual research and for their potential to introduce broader questions around which a field of wisdom research could emerge. This project sought to create a science of wisdom through collaboration and discussion among scholars and scientists in the humanities, and the social, biological, and physical sciences. 

Defining Wisdom (2007-2011) project descriptions and summaries of the works provided insight into current concepts of wisdom science.




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