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Giving up on Philosophy? The Science of Wisdom (Wisdom #7)

Giving up on Philosophy? The Science of Wisdom (Wisdom #7)

The last few decades have seen a growth in the scientific study of wisdom. But what is the science of wisdom? And what gets left out of these accounts?

Empedocles on Love and Strife

Empedocles on Love and Strife

Empedocles was a philosopher, wandering poet and shamanic healer who claimed the entire universe was underpinned by the forces of Love and Strife.

The Opposite of Wisdom: A Fool's Philosophy  (Wisdom #6)

The Opposite of Wisdom: A Fool's Philosophy (Wisdom #6)

Philosophy is the love of wisdom. But throughout its history, philosophy has also been haunted by wisdom's opposite: foolishness. So what is the relationship between philosophy and foolishness?

Deng Xi, the Philosopher Who Argued From Both Sides

Deng Xi, the Philosopher Who Argued From Both Sides

Deng Xi was a lawyer and philosopher associated with the so-called "School of Names". He was skilled in debate and frequently caused confusion by simultaneously arguing opposite viewpoints.

Nurturing the Sprouts of Wisdom (Wisdom #5)

Nurturing the Sprouts of Wisdom (Wisdom #5)

For Mencius and Aristotle, wisdom involves the cultivation of virtues. But how do we do thi, and how do we build a society that supports this cultivation?

That Gut Feeling: Wisdom and the body (Wisdom #4)

That Gut Feeling: Wisdom and the body (Wisdom #4)

Wisdom is often seen as an intellectual virtue. But what role does the body have in developing and maintaining wisdom? In this class, we're looking at flesh and spirit, gut feelings, and why wisdom cannot ignore the body.