, 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.


Science Wisdom Knowledge Academic inquiry Academic revolution Philosophy of science Metaphysics Values Rationality Global problems Social inquiry Philosophy Human world/physical universe problem Mind/brain problem Perception Consciousness Free will Karl Popper 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Science and Technology StudiesUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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