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Wisdom

Dennis Whitcomb

in Philosophy

ISBN: 9780195396577
Published online May 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0131
Wisdom

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The word philosophy stems from philo and sophia, Greek terms often translated as “love” and “wisdom,” respectively. There is very little contemporary philosophical work on wisdom; much historical work exists on the subject, as well as a large body of work in contemporary cognitive psychology, but as for contemporary philosophy, the work on wisdom is confined mainly to attempts by ethicists and epistemologists to broaden their domains of theorizing. This work is growing rapidly, and for good reason; wisdom is intimately associated with numerous issues epistemologists and ethicists have been interested in, and working on, for a long time. Work on wisdom outside of philosophy is also rapidly growing. One testament to all this growth is the University of Chicago’s implementation of a $2 million research grant for an interdisciplinary project titled “Defining Wisdom.”

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Epistemology ; Feminist Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Law ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Religion ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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