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      From knowledge to wisdom: the need for an academic revolution

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      London Review of Education
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            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 to human welfare, academic inquiry of this type is irrational. Three of four of the most elementary rules of rational problem-solving are violated. A revolution in the aims and methods of academic inquiry is needed so that the basic aim becomes to promote wisdom, conceived of as the capacity to realize what is of value, for oneself and others, thus including knowledge and technological know-how, but much else besides. This urgently needed revolution would affect every branch and aspect of the academic enterprise.

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            10430
            London Review of Education
            IOE Press
            1474-8460
            01 July 2007
            : 5
            : 2
            : 97-115
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            1474-8460(20070701)5:2L.97;1- s2.phd /ioep/clre/2007/00000005/00000002/art00002
            10.1080/14748460701440350
            32c40fb8-cd7b-40bc-b658-dc429c8bd6f1
            Copyright @ 2007
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            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education

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