A polycultural theory of wisdom based on Habermas’s worldview

Li, K., Wang, F., Wang, Z., Shi, J., & Xiong, M. (2019). A polycultural theory of wisdom based on Habermas’s worldview. Culture & Psychology, 1354067X19877915.

Abstract: Building on Habermas’s worldview, this paper attempts to construct a theory of wisdom that integrates the advantages of Eastern and Western cultures. To this end, we review previous definitions of wisdom and their problems and analyze the impor- tance of worldview for wisdom. A worldview provided by the German philosopher Ju ̈rgen Habermas is eminently persuasive. We argue that Habermas’s worldview provides a more suitable basis for a polycultural theory of wisdom. The specific com- ponents of the wisdom theory are: (1) a relationalist belief in the universal world; (2) transcendental agency in the subjective world; (3) intersubjective communication orientation in the social world; and (4) integrated principles of certainty and uncertainty in the objective world. Inspired by this theory, people could adopt different principles for their subjective, social, and objective worldviews and coordinate them to deal with the problems of human survival, which would also promote the long-term flourishing of human civilization.

Read the article: Li, K., Wang, F., Wang, Z., Shi, J., & Xiong, M. (2019). A polycultural theory of wisdom based on Habermas’s worldview. Culture & Psychology, 1354067X19877915.



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