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Wisdom - the answer to all the questions really worth asking

Fischer, Andreas

German Title: Weisheit - die Antwort auf alle Fragen, die es wirklich wert sind, gefragt zu werden

In: International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 5 (26 September 2015), Nr. 9. pp. 73-83. ISSN 2221-0989

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Wisdom is an ancient concept with close conceptual relations to human goals, means and problem solving. However, in the recent scientific discourse there has been some confusion about the meaning of "wisdom". In this paper the most prominent definitions are contrasted with each other and a new reading is proposed: Based on an extensive literature review it is proposed that "wisdom" is explanatory knowledge of the fundamental truths in the domain of living well – an orienting knowledge about what is good and right. It is demonstrated that deviations of modern philosophic definitions from this view can be traced back to slight misconceptions of traditional views. Further, in this paper the content of wisdom is specified in more detail as a set of propositions that were (a) claimed by wise men from different cultures and (b) bolstered by empirical psychological research.

Document type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Humanities and Social Science
Volume: 5
Number: 9
Publisher: Center for Promoting Ideas
Place of Publication: USA
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2015 12:26
Date: 26 September 2015
ISSN: 2221-0989
Page Range: pp. 73-83
Faculties / Institutes: The Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies > Institute of Psychology
DDC-classification: 100 Philosophy
Controlled Keywords: Wisdom
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