Wisdom

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (1):1-16 (2015)
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Abstract

What is it that makes someone wise, or one person wiser than another? I argue that wisdom consists in knowledge of how to live well, and that this knowledge of how to live well is constituted by various further kinds of knowledge. One concern for this view is that knowledge is not needed for wisdom but rather some state short of knowledge, such as having rational or justified beliefs about various topics. Another concern is that the emphasis on knowing how to live well fails to do justice to the ancient tradition of ‘theoretical wisdom’. I address both of these concerns in filling out the account.

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Knowledge in a social world.Alvin I. Goldman - 1991 - New York: Oxford University Press.
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