, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 667–690

Reply to Comments on Science and the Pursuit of Wisdom


DOI: 10.1007/s11406-010-9260-y

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Maxwell, N. Philosophia (2010) 38: 667. doi:10.1007/s11406-010-9260-y


In this article I reply to comments made by Agustin Vicente and Giridhari Lal Pandit on Science and the Pursuit of Wisdom (McHenry 2009). I criticize analytic philosophy, go on to expound the argument for the need for a revolution in academic inquiry so that the basic aim becomes wisdom and not just knowledge, defend aim-oriented empiricism, outline my solution to the human world/physical universe problem, and defend the thesis that free will is compatible with physicalism.


ScienceWisdomKnowledgeAcademic inquiryAcademic revolutionPhilosophy of scienceMetaphysicsValuesRationalityGlobal problemsSocial inquiryPhilosophyHuman world/physical universe problemMind/brain problemPerceptionConsciousnessFree willKarl Popper

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Science and Technology StudiesUniversity College LondonLondonUK