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ERIC Number: EJ944832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2891
Teaching, Learning, and the Human Quest: Wisdom
Jarvis, Peter
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n131 p85-93 Fall 2011
Wisdom is a complex phenomenon: it finds its home primarily but not exclusively in theology, philosophy, psychology, education--that is, in the humanities--and in life itself. In a paradoxical manner, wisdom finds its home in the world of the unanswerable, where there are no empirical proofs and no obvious answers. Wisdom actually finds its place when people consider the mystery of their being and the inevitability of their becoming, when they think of the universe and life itself and realize that they will probably never know why either should be; but the fact that they have no answers does not mean that they can stop asking the questions, for this would deny the nature of their humanity. This article reflects on the human quest to understand both the "why" and the "how" of existence itself and suggests that while people can be taught about wisdom, they can only learn to be wise.
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Language: English
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