CERES21-MAHB workshop 24-25 May, Stanford University, 2010.
Do we need to rediscover wisdom? Modern Western cultures have made a fetish of specialized knowledge at the expense of wisdom. Knowledge cab free us from prejudice and trigger scientific progress – but it can also led to disenchantment and relativization of truth.
The aim of the workshop will be to answer the question whether it is possible to reclaim wisdom in a world that has fixated on specialized, “silo-ized” knowledge and on cultural differences. While the natural sciences have tried to find common laws within the confines of their increasingly specialized disciplines, recent social science has obsessed about the cultural difference between a Samoan and a Norwegian. We wish to return our vision to the search for a common humanity. Is it possible to speak about a wise codex of conduct that a Samoan and a Norwegian—and even a Wall Street banker—would agree about?
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