A Handbook of Wisdom: Psychological Perspectives

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"A Handbook of Wisdom explores wisdom's promise for helping scholars and lay people to understand the apex of human thought and behavior. At a time when poor choices are being made by notably intelligent and powerful individuals, this book presents analysis and review on a form of reasoning and decision making that is not only productive and prudent but also serves a beneficial purpose for society." A Handbook of Wisdom is a collection of chapters from some of the most prominent scholars in the field of wisdom research. Written from multiple perspectives, including psychology, philosophy, and religion, this book provides the reader with an in-depth understanding of wisdom's past, present, and possible future direction within literature, science, and society.
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"This handbook provides a valuable compendium of the current state of knowledge about wisdom. It is a worthwhile read, and the conscientious reader will be more knowledgeable if not wiser."
-David D. Simpson, PsycCritiques

"Wisdom appears to have much to do with outstanding futures-thinking, and thus in a very broad sense can be seen as a method to be cultivated."
-Future Survey

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521541824
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Sternberg (PhD) is IBM Professor of Psychology and Education at Yale, Director of the PACE Center at Yale, and was the 2003 President of the American Psychological Association. He is the author of over 1000 publications on topics related to cognition and intelligence. He has won numerous awards from professional associations and holds five honorary doctorates.

Jennifer Jordan (PhD, Yale University) received her doctorate in social psychology from Yale University and is currently a post-doctoral fellow for the Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Her research interests include moral leadership, awareness, and decision-making within the business domain. In collaboration with Robert Sternberg, she co-edited A Handbook of Wisdom: Psychological Perspectives. She is also a 2004 recipient of the Yale University John F. Enders Research Grant, an American Psychological Association Dissertation Award, and the 2005 Academy of Management SIM Division Dissertation Award.

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Table of Contents

1 Wisdom in history 3
2 Cultural foundations of wisdom : an integrated developmental approach 32
3 Philosophical theories of wisdom 61
4 From the inside out : people's implicit theories of wisdom 84
5 The psychology of wisdom : theoretical and empirical challenges 110
6 Young and growing wiser : wisdom during adolescence and young adulthood 139
7 The quest for wisdom in adulthood : a psychological perspective 160
8 Wisdom and personality 191
9 The role of emotions in the development of wisdom 220
10 Morality, ethics, and wisdom 245
11 Crossing boundaries to generative wisdom : an analysis of professional work 272
12 Wisdom in public policy 297
13 Foolishness 331
Discussion 353
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