Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience

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Vintage Books, 2011 - Philosophy - 333 pages
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We all recognize wisdom, but defining it is more elusive. In this fascinating journey from philosophy to science, Stephen S. Hall gives us a penetrating history of wisdom, from its sudden emergence in the fifth century B.C. to its modern manifestations in education, politics, and the workplace. Hall's bracing exploration of the science of wisdom allows us to see this ancient virtue with fresh eyes, yet also makes clear that despite modern science's most powerful efforts, wisdom continues to elude easy understanding.

  

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Review: Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience

User Review  - Leif Denti - Goodreads

I found it to be very heavy on the neurological explanations/underpinnings for wisdom, which I find to be moderately interesting. Personally I would have liked more philosophy. It's still worth a read. Read full review

Review: Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience

User Review  - Goodreads

I found it to be very heavy on the neurological explanations/underpinnings for wisdom, which I find to be moderately interesting. Personally I would have liked more philosophy. It's still worth a read. Read full review

Contents

ONE What Is Wisdom?
3
THIRTEEN Older arzdwiserz TJe Wixdom oflging 777
14
The Ps_ye 10ogiu1lRoots of VVisaom
39
Thelrt of Coping
61
The Neural Meehanism
79
The Biology of LovingKindness
115
The Gifi of Perspective
133
Soeialfustiee Fairness and the Wisaom
147
Temptation Delayed Gratification and
169
Confilrius Says
173
Notes 179
279
Bibliography
319
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About the author (2011)

For twenty-five years, Stephen S. Hall has written about the intersection of science and society in books, magazine articles, and essays, primarily in The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of five previous critically acclaimed books, including Invisible Frontiers and Merchants of Immortality. He has received numerous awards, including in 2004 the Science in Society Journalism Award for book writing from the National Association of Science Writers and, in 1998, the William B. Coley Award from the Cancer Research Institute. In addition to science, Hall has written extensively about travel, baseball, and Italy. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children.

Visit the author's website at: www.stephenshall.com.

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