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