Spring 2009 Wisdom Course Major Theoretical Questions
Return to Wisdom
- Can Wisdom be taught?
- Can kids be wise?
- What happens to wisdom in the Renaissance and Scientific Revolution?
- Is the philosophical wisdom of Plato an improvement over the Homeric model?
- What is the role of "embodiment" (the fact and implications of our existence in a body) in the pursuit of wisdom? Is the body primarily a hindrance to the accomplishment of wisdom?
- Is pain necessary for the achievement of wisdom?
- Is wisdom "ultimate knowledge" or is it practical know-how?
- Why do wisdom traditions typically seem to place wisdom "beyond" human experience?
- Does the Baltes rubric capture the nature of wisdom?
- Do Stoic, Epicurean, and Yogic strategies of adjusting the subject's orientation to the world hold promise for the cultivation of wisdom? How do these methods vary and overlap?
- Is the goal of Patanjali's Yoga achievable? Is it valuable as an approach to wisdom?
- How do the Spiritual Exercises engage similar methods as we found in Hellenism and Yoga? How is it uniquely connected to the Christian narrative of salvation?
- Does wisdom increase with age? Is there a wisdom for different stages of life? (recall the life stage psychologists)
- What is the psychological / causal connection between the various disciplines we have studied and claims made by adherents of those views about the goal the discipline?