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  • We need an academic revolution (2011)

    Universities today betray both reason and humanity. They are still dominated by the idea, inherited from the past, that the best way the academic enterprise can help promote human welfare is, in the first instance, to pursue the intellectual aim of acquiring knowledge. First, knowledge and technological...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Universities: from knowledge to wisdom (2010)

    We need a revolution in academic inquiry so that problems of living are put at the heart of the academic enterprise, and the basic aim becomes to seek and promote wisdom. There are signs that this revolution is beginning to occur, especially in connection with growing concern about environmental problems...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • From knowledge to wisdom (2009)

    There are these two absolutely basic problems: to learn about the universe and ourselves as a part of the universe, and to learn how to create a civilized world. Essentially, we have solved the first problem. We solved it when we created modern science. That is not to say that we know everything that...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Can the world learn wisdom? (2007)

    The crisis of our times is that we have science without wisdom. This is the crisis behind all the others. Population growth, the terrifyingly lethal character of modern war and terrorism, immense differences of wealth across the globe, annihilation of indigenous people, cultures and languages, impending...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • A Revolution for Science and the Humanities: From Knowledge to Wisdom (2005)

    At present the basic intellectual aim of academic inquiry is to improve knowledge. Much of the structure, the whole character, of academic inquiry, in universities all over the world, is shaped by the adoption of this as the basic intellectual aim. But, judged from the standpoint of making a contribution...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • In Defence of Seeking Wisdom (2004)

    Steven Yates has criticized my claim that we need to bring about a revolution in the aims and methods of academic inquiry, so that the aim becomes to promote wisdom rather than just acquire knowledge. Yates's main criticism is that the proposed revolution does not have a clear strategy for its implementation...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Do Philosophers Love Wisdom? (2003)

    Academic inquiry as it exists today is the product of two past revolutions: the scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, and the Enlightenment of the 18th century. But the latter revolution made grave blunders, which are still built into the institutional structure of academia today. In...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Science, Knowledge, Wisdom and the Public Good (2003)

    We need to bring about a revolution in the aims and methods of science, and of academic inquiry more generally, so that the basic aim becomes to seek and promote wisdom, help humanity learn how to make progress towards a wise world.
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Can Humanity Learn to Create a Better World? The Crisis of Science without Wisdom (2001)

    Science without wisdom puts humanity into a situation of unprecedented danger. We urgently need to bring about a revolution in academia so that the basic aim becomes to help humanity learn how to create a wiser world.
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Can Humanity Learn to become Civilized? The Crisis of Science without Civilization (2000)

    Two great problems of learning confront humanity: learning about the nature of the universe and our place in it, and learning how to become civilized. The first problem was solved, in essence, in the 17th century, with the creation of modern science. But the second problem has not yet been solved. Solving...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
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