The Scientific Study of Personal Wisdom

From Contemplative Traditions to Neuroscience

Editors: Ferrari, Michel, Weststrate, Nic M. (Eds.)

  • First volume on the scientific study of personal wisdom
  • Unique in presenting empirical evidence about how wisdom can be studied as a characteristic of persons
  • Contributions from seminal scholars in the emerging field of wisdom studies Integrates spiritual and pragmatic perspectives on wisdom
  • Provides a truly interdisciplinary collection with contributions from the areas of psychology, sociology, cognitive science, neuroscience and philosophy
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About this book

The rich and diverse contributions to this volume span a wide variety of disciplines, from psychology and philosophy to neuroscience, by some of the most influential scholars in the emerging science of personal wisdom. As such, it is a collection of essential readings and the first publication to integrate both the spiritual and pragmatic dimensions of personal wisdom.

The content of the book goes beyond speculative theory to present a wealth of scientific research currently under way in this expanding field. It also describes numerous promising methods now being deployed in the quest for scientific knowledge of the elusive, yet critical, phenomenon of personal wisdom. The book is an excellent introduction to the field for novice researchers as well as a stimulating and enlightening resource for established experts. Its broad appeal makes it a vital addition to the libraries of academics and practitioners in many disciplines, from developmental psychology to gerontology and from philosophy to contemplative religious traditions such as Buddhism.

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This book is a valuable addition to the growing literature on wisdom. Michel Ferrari and Nic Weststrate have assembled an impressive group of contributors who between them manage to shine a variety of lights on the topic of personal wisdom. In my opinion, personal wisdom, the ability of particular individuals to lead wise lives, lies at the very heart of the study of wisdom. It is wise individuals who show us the way and inspire us, who make the subject of wisdom a living and real one. But what makes a person wise? And how are we to recognise personal wisdom? Read this book and join in the debate!

Professor Trevor Curnow, University of Cumbria


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • The Need to Distinguish Personal from General Wisdom: A Short History and Empirical Evidence

    Staudinger, Ursula M.

    Pages 3-19

  • Relevance, Meaning and the Cognitive Science of Wisdom

    Vervaeke, John (et al.)

    Pages 21-51

  • Personal Wisdom in the Balance

    Sternberg, Robert J.

    Pages 53-74

  • The MORE Life Experience Model: A Theory of the Development of Personal Wisdom

    Glück, Judith (et al.)

    Pages 75-97

  • Neurobiological Basis of Personal Wisdom

    Sanders, Jeff D. (et al.)

    Pages 99-112

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7987-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7986-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 4, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0306-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Scientific Study of Personal Wisdom
Book Subtitle
From Contemplative Traditions to Neuroscience
Editors
  • Michel Ferrari
  • Nic M. Weststrate
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7987-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7987-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7986-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0306-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 356
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 b/w illustrations
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