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Talk, Barry Allen (McMaster U.), “Knowledge and Wisdom in Comparative Perspective”

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Talk, Barry Allen (McMaster U.), “Knowledge and Wisdom in Comparative Perspective”

Friday, Nov 29, 5-7pm, TB (Anderson Hall) 130, Bogazici University

This talk is an essay in Comparative Philosophy, comparing ancient and modern western ideas of knowledge and wisdom with the conception found in classical Chinese thought. Compared with the Greeks and their contemplative theory the Chinese are pragmatists. Compared with the Moderns and their epistemology the Chinese are postmodern. Problematic ideas of truth and representation play no part in their understanding of knowledge or its value. Nor does their perplexity about knowledge turn on untenable dichotomies like mind and matter, being and becoming, or appearance and reality. Their questions concern, for example, the relation of knowledge to wisdom and virtue; the limits of its effectiveness; and the right appreciation of its contribution to civilized life. These are not logical but ethical questions, questions not about essence or being but quality and value. What desirable quality distinguishes knowledge? What value makes it wise and worth pursuing?


Written by markedwardsteen

November 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

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