Ordinary wisdom: biographical aging and the journey of life
Randall and Kenyon examine the concept of wisdom. What wisdom is exactly has vexed thinkers throughout the history of thought. Indeed, for much of modern times, the topic has been taboo, given the intellectual climate created by such movements as analytic philosophy, behaviorist psychology, and cognitive science. This study adds to a growing movement that is reclaiming wisdom as a meaningful concept by viewing human development in terms of metaphors that enrich models like mind-as-computer, which proposes mental activity is reducible to "processing information." Randall and Kenyon's metaphors are life-as-story and life-as-journey and their conceptual extension, life-as-adventure: ordinary metaphors with extraordinary implications. Through the lenses of these intertwining, time-honored tropes, the authors see wisdom not as an unattainable ideal nor as the sole province of experts or educators, geniuses, therapists, or saints. Rather, it is potentially within the reach of everyone, not as a commodity but as a quality of life; as a matter of being, not of having. Insofar as everyone is on a journey and has--or is--a story, everyone has access to an ordinary wisdom, which it behooves people to explore and express. This book will be of particular interest to scholars, students, and researchers involved with psychology, gerontology, theology, philosophy, and education.
10 pages matching wisdom traditions in this book
Results 1-3 of 10
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
adventure of living aspects autobiographical memory Baltes basic become Birren Bruner Buddhist Carl Jung Chapter coauthoring cognitive conceming concept conﬂict consider context course culture death dimensions of wisdom discussed everyday example experience express fact facticity feel future Gabriel Marcel genre goal human joumey inﬂuence inner inside story insight insofar interpersonal interpretations involves John Haught Kenyon & Randall larger stories leam lifestory Lifestory-meaning literary literature look meaning meaningful metaphor Moreover narrate narrative environment narrative intelligence narrative theology nature Northrop Frye novel older ordinary wisdom particular past perennial philosophy person perspective philosophy plot possible postmodem potential present question reﬂect relationship restorying retum sense social Sogyal Rinpoche spiritual stages stories we live story and joumey story-meaning Sven Birkerts tell themes things thinking tion tive Tumer ture ultimately understand unfolding unique whole wisdom traditions wise words