Wisdom is valued as an ideal aim of personal development around the world. But we rarely see how wisdom is understood in different religious and philosophical traditions and different scientific disciplines, and more particularly how wisdom is taught. The emphasis of the book is on whether wisdom can be taught, not on what wisdom is, making it both more practical and more personally engaging. More specifically, it considers how people at different times and places have engaged the age-old question of how (or whether) we can learn to live a good life, and what that life is like. The chapters in this book area welcome introduction to this vast field from a variety of different perspectives. Chapters consider Greek and Confucian philosophy, Christian, Islamic and Buddhist religion, African tradition, as well as contemporary scientific approaches to the study of wisdom. Authors of each chapter are leading scholars in their respective fields, and representing a range of disciplines including philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and religion. Chapters are written to be accessible to a broad audience, not specialists. The book hopes to open a dialogue between experts in various fields about the complex and fascinating topic of wisdom and how it is understood, both historically and personally as a transformative force within people s lives.
Preface: George Potworowski (University of Michigan) & Michel Ferrari (OISE/University of Toronto),- Introduction: Sophia's World: episodes from the history of wisdom: Trevor Curnow (St. Martin's College),- I. Fostering Wisdom as Expertise: 1: Fostering Wisdom: A Psychological Perspective: Antje Stange (Georgia Institute of Technology) & Ute Kunzmann (International University Bremen),- 2: Teaching for Wisdom through History: Infusing Wise Thinking Skills in the School Curriculum: Robert J. Sternberg (Tufts University) et al,- 3: The Cultivation of Character Strengths: Nansook Park (University of Rhode Island) & Christopher Peterson (University of Michigan),- 4: Growing Wisdom in Knowledge Building Communities: Richard Reeve, Richard Messina (Institute of Child Studies, University of Toronto)& Marlene Scardamalia (OISE, University of Toronto),- 5: Master Zhu's Wisdom: John Berthrong (Boston University),- II. Teaching for Wisdom as Personal Transformation: 6: Wisdom Teaching in Chinese Mahayana Buddhism: Vincent Shen (University of Toronto),- 7: Beginner's Mind: Paths to the Wisdom that is not Learned: Eleanor Rosch (University of California, Berkeley),- 8: Ascending to Wisdom: A Christian Pedagogy: Pamela Bright (Concordia University),- III. Learning from Wise People: 9: The Wisdom of Plato's Phaedo: David Roochnik (Boston University),- 10: Can wisdom be taught? Kant, sage philosophy, and ethnographic reflections from the Swahili coast: Kai Kresse (University of St Andrews),- 11: Conclusion: Developing Expert and Transformative Wisdom: Can either be taught in public schools?: Michel Ferrari (OISE, University of Toronto)
This book examines if it is possible to teach wisdom. It considers how people at different times and places have engaged the age-old question of how (or whether) we can learn to live a good life, and what that life is like. Offering a range of perspectives, coverage considers Greek and Confucian philosophy; Christian, Islamic and Buddhist religion; African tradition, as well as contemporary scientific approaches to the study of wisdom.
Emphasis of the book is on whether wisdom can be taught, not on what wisdom is
Practical and personally engaging look at how people at different times and places have engaged the question of how we can learn to live a good life
Gathers together a range of perspectives never before assembled within a single volume
Includes scientific, philosophical, and religious perspectives on wisdom usually considered separately