The Scientific Study of Personal Wisdom

  • Michel Ferrari
  • Nic M. Weststrate


In this concluding chapter, we synthesize some of the main themes found in different chapters in the volume. We pay particular attention to the various dimensions, exemplars, and paradoxes that contributors raise about wisdom as a topic for scientific inquiry. In the second half of this chapter, we consider what the diversity of opinions presented about wisdom might imply for the scientific study of personal wisdom, how to reconcile these approaches, and possible future directions that such a science might take to advance our understanding of wisdom.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in EducationUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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