, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 377–378

Knowledge to Wisdom: We Need a Revolution

Letter to the Editor

DOI: 10.1007/s11406-006-9037-5

Cite this article as:
Maxwell, N. Philosophia (2006) 34: 377. doi:10.1007/s11406-006-9037-5


The following document is a very brief summary of a thesis and argument that I have devoted the last 30 years of my life to trying to get across to my fellow human beings. It was first spelled out in What’s Wrong With Science? (Bran’s Head Books, 1976) and subsequently in From Knowledge to Wisdom (Blackwell, 1984), Is Science Neurotic? (Imperial College Press, 2004) and numerous articles, references to which can be found on Three years ago an international group was formed, called Friends of Wisdom, which seeks to get across to academics and the public the compelling arguments and urgent need to transform academic inquiry so that its basic aim becomes to seek and promote wisdom. The document below is taken from the website of Friends of Wisdom, the URL of which is It is the mission statement of Friends of Wisdom. You are invited to join.


academic inquiryknowledgewisdomrationalityrevolutionnatural sciencesocial inquiryproblems of livingmetaphysicsvaluespoliticsbetter worldglobal warmingpovertywarterrorismhuman welfare

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Science and Technology StudiesUniversity College LondonLondonUK