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Applying Wisdom to Contemporary World Problems

Editors: Sternberg, Robert J., Nusbaum, Howard, Glück, Judith (Eds.)

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  • Utlises psychological science to confront global issues
  • Offers practical wisdom with the aim of positively impacting on civil society, health and social justice
  • Provides academic perspectives on complex and ingrained global problems in a practical, optimistic and accessible way
  • Extends intellectual tools for researchers, students and policy makers in addressing major issues with the right actions
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This book presents perspectives from world experts in the field of wisdom studies to propose how wisdom can provide the foundation upon which solutions to social and global problems can be grounded. The authors argue that where society has come to rely on leaders with skills relating to knowledge and intelligence; instead we should focus on wisdom-based acumen for our leaders in government, business, and the military.

In this book the authors offer evidence-based definitions of wisdom and apply these to world problems they believe could potentially be solved using wise solutions. Among the case studies confronted are terrorism and war, poverty and economic disparity, climate change, increasing antibiotic resistance and political corruption.

Focusing on the cognitive, social and emotional processes involved in everyday decision-making, this book presents a compelling argument for the application of wise problem-solving to complex world issues that will appeal in particular to those in leadership, teaching and policy roles, and open new pathways in the fields of wisdom-studies, psychology, sociology and political theory.




About the authors

Robert J. Sternberg is Professor of Human Development, Cornell University, USA and Honorary Professor of Psychology, University of Heidelberg, Germany.  His PhD is from Stanford and he holds 13 honorary doctorates. Sternberg has won the Grawemeyer Award in Psychology and the William James and James McKeen Cattell Awards from the APS.

Howard Nusbaum is the Stella M. Rowley Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago, USA and is currently Director of the Center for Practical Wisdom.  He was Division Director for Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences at the NSF from 2015 to 2017. He studies communication, learning, and wise reasoning.

Judith Glück is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. She previously worked at University of Vienna and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Her research investigates the definition, development, and measurement of wisdom. She is co-editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Wisdom.



Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Where Have All the Flowers of Wisdom Gone? An Analysis of Teaching for Wisdom over the Years

    Pages 1-19

    Sternberg, Robert J.

  • The Erosion of Democracy: Can We Muster Enough Wisdom to Stop It?

    Pages 21-50

    Ambrose, Don

  • Wise Reasoning in an Uncertain World

    Pages 51-79

    Grossmann, Igor (et al.)

  • Wisdom vs. Populism and Polarization: Learning to Regulate Our Evolved Intuitions

    Pages 81-110

    Glück, Judith

  • The Breakdown of Civic Virtues and the Problem of Hate Speech: Is There Wisdom in Freedom of Speech?

    Pages 111-142

    Nusbaum, Howard C.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Applying Wisdom to Contemporary World Problems
Editors
  • Robert J. Sternberg
  • Howard Nusbaum
  • Judith Glück
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-20287-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-20287-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-20286-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 470
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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