Jul 162012

 It is oft said (at least when exercising etymology muscles) that philosophy is “love of wisdom.” Just like other mind-related topics such as emotion and creativity, wisdom is getting the scientific treatment. One of our listeners pointed us to a book by Stephen S. Hall titled Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience
which surveys a variety of answers to the question of what wisdom is and how it is cultivated, starting with folks like Socrates, Confucius, Buddha, and Jesus, then following along into more recent attempts in psychology and biology to address the question.

Hall is interviewed on the Leonard Lopate show about the book and his writing of it. He points approvingly to Nozick’s definition of wisdom as “knowing what matters” and characterizes the scientific work in studying wisdom as really working to try to “refine a bunch of ill-defined concepts.”

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