Welcome to the Wisdom Research Network
was once regarded as a subject worthy of rigorous scholarly inquiry in order to
understand its nature and benefits; however until recently wisdom has been
relatively overlooked as a topic for serious scholarly and scientific
investigation. It is difficult to imagine a subject more central to the highest
aspirations of being human. The study of wisdom holds great promise for
shedding light on and opening up new insights for human flourishing.
Supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation, six
research projects led by University of Chicago faculty, in collaboration with
scientists at other institutions, will investigate big questions in the field
that have 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?
As part of the Wisdom Research project, the Wisdom Research
Network website features the latest news and publications on wisdom science,
and encourages interdisciplinary discussions about how wisdom can play a role
in the professions and in public life.