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The Urgent Need for an Academic Revolution – by Nicholas Maxwell

September 3, 2012


Hippocrates, UCL, Gower Street, London (Wikicommons)

For much of my working life I have argued, in and out of print, that we need to bring about a revolution in the aims and methods of science – and of academic inquiry more generally. Instead of giving priority to the search for knowledge, universities need to devote themselves to seeking and promoting wisdom by rational means, wisdom being the capacity to realize what is of value in life, for oneself and others, wisdom thus including knowledge, understanding and technological know-how, but much else besides. A basic task ought to be to help humanity learn how to create a better world: see Nicholas Maxwell.


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