Wisdom : Its Nature, Origins, and Development

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Wisdom is such an elusive psychological construct that few people have considered it a viable field, though many are fascinated by the topic. Well-known psychologist Robert J. Sternberg of Yale University, perceiving the growth of interest in wisdom as a field, saw a need to document the progress that has been made in the field since the early '80s and to point the way for future theory and research. The resulting comprehensive and authoritative book, Wisdom: Its Nature, Origins and Development, is a well-rounded collection of psychological views on wisdom. It introduces this concept of wisdom, considers philosophical issues and developmental approaches, and covers as well folk conceptions of the topic. In the final section, Professor Sternberg provides an integration of the fascinating and comprehensive material.show more

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Preface; Part I. Approaches to the Study of Wisdom: 1. Understanding wisdom R. J. Sternberg; Part II. Approaches Informed by Philosophical Conceptions of Wisdom: 2. Wisdom through the ages D. N. Robinson; 3. The psychology of wisdom: an evolutionary interpretation M. Csikszentmihalyi and K. Rathunde; 4. Wisdom as integrated thought: historical and developmental perspectives G. Labouvie-Vief; Part III. Approaches Informed by Folk Conceptions of Wisdom: 5. Toward a psychology of wisdom and its ontogenesis P. Baltes and J. Smith; 6. Wisdom in a post-apocalyptic age M. J. Chandler and S. Holliday; 7. Wisdom and its relations to intelligence and creativity R. J. Sternberg; 8. Wisdom and the study of wise persons L. Orwoll and M. Parlmutter; Part IV. Approaches Informed by Psychodevelopmental Conceptions of Wisdom: 9. The loss of wisdom J. A. Meacham; 10. Wisdom and reflective judgment: knowing in the face of uncertainty K. S. Kitchener and H. G. Brenner; 11. Wisdom: the art of problem finding P. K. Arlin; 12. An essay on wisdom: towards symbolic processes that make it possible J. Pascual-Leone; 13. Conceptualising wisdom: the primacy of affect-cognition relations D. Kramer; Part V. Integration of Approaches and Viewpoints: 14. Integration J. E. Birren; Author index; Subject index.show more

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