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Wisdom’s limit: truth, failure and the contemporary university


Malpas, J, Wisdom's limit: truth, failure and the contemporary university, Post-Truth, Fake News, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., MA Peters, S Rider, M Hyvonen and T Besley (ed), Singapore, pp. 59-74. ISBN 978-981-10-8012-8 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-10-8013-5_5


Wisdom is essentially tied to a certain modesty of reason—a modesty that consists essentially in the recognition of limit. The commitment to truth is itself tied to such a recognition of limit, and so too is the possibility of any genuine critical engagement. It is thus that wisdom, understood in just these terms, can indeed be said properly to stand at the heart of any genuine form of teaching or research. As such, it is wisdom that must underpin the activity, as well as the organisational structure and governance, of educational institutions, and especially of universities. It is, however, precisely the idea of limit that is refused by the corporatism, managerialism and economism that dominates contemporary institutions of teaching and research, especially in the English-speaking world. Moreover, as is evident in the work of Adam Smith, as well as in a range of other thinkers, the idea of limit, and so of the modesty that comes with wisdom, is applicable not only in intellectual endeavour, but in all human activity—even in the realm of the economic and the financial.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:wisdom, research activity, university, contemporary
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Malpas, J (Professor Jeff Malpas)
ID Code:127300
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-07-20
Last Modified:2019-02-21

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