Synthetic wisdom

Kitcher, P. (2016). Synthetic wisdom. The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1-5. doi: 10.1111/nyas.13212

Abstract: Wisdom is a special kind of virtue. It is not to be identified with any outstanding cognitive ability—like having a prodigious memory or knowing a lot. Rather it consists in seeing what is most important and most valuable, either within a particular domain or in life as a whole. In the life of a wise person, that insight should be accompanied by traits of character, enabling the person to pursue what is seen as valuable. Viewing wisdom as a capacity for synthetic understanding, I argue for the need for philosophy, even at a time when all of us have much to learn from the sciences.

Read the article: Kitcher, P. (2016). Synthetic wisdom. The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1-5. doi: 10.1111/nyas.13212



(Something interesting I found)Posted:Oct 01 2016, 12:00 AM by jlmatelski
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