The rich and diverse contributions to this volume span a wide variety of disciplines, from psychology and philosophy to neuroscience, by some of the most influential scholars in the emerging science of personal wisdom. As such, it is a collection of essential readings and the first publication to integrate both the spiritual and pragmatic dimensions of personal wisdom.
The content of the book goes beyond speculative theory to present a wealth of scientific research currently under way in this expanding field. It also describes numerous promising methods now being deployed in the quest for scientific knowledge of the elusive, yet critical, phenomenon of personal wisdom. The book is an excellent introduction to the field for novice researchers as well as a stimulating and enlightening resource for established experts. Its broad appeal makes it a vital addition to the libraries of academics and practitioners in many disciplines, from developmental psychology to gerontology and from philosophy to contemplative religious traditions such as Buddhism.
Number of pages: 356
Weight: 6801 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 22 mm
Edition: 2013 ed.
This book is a valuable addition to the growing literature on wisdom. Michel Ferrari and Nic Weststrate have assembled an impressive group of contributors who between them manage to shine a variety of lights on the topic of personal wisdom. In my opinion, personal wisdom, the ability of particular individuals to lead wise lives, lies at the very heart of the study of wisdom. It is wise individuals who show us the way and inspire us, who make the subject of wisdom a living and real one. But what makes a person wise? And how are we to recognise personal wisdom? Read this book and join in the debate!
Professor Trevor Curnow, University of Cumbria
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