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Wisdom: Its Nature, Origins, and Development Hardcover – May 25, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0521364539 ISBN-10: 0521364531 Edition: 1st

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"...designed to review what has already been done as well as to point the way toward future theory and research." Science News

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This authoritative volume represents the only complete collection of psychological views currently available on a subject considered an elusive construct until recently.
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  • Hardcover: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (May 25, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521364531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521364539
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,347,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark Trumble on February 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the best I have seen for attempting to circumscribe, describe, and subtly prescribe what the concept of wisdom is .
While taking my philosophy degree I was concerned with the manner that our professors would state truths as declaritive certainties. Truth was determinate, fixed, and eternal.
After living a life for a while, these truths that were supposed to give an internal compass to action appeared too facile. A more empirical and responsive approach seemed to be called for
This book describes wisdom in a way that is much more responsive to the real actions and life as its lived. I see it as a more integrated and balanced approach.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of essays edited by Robert J. Sternberg on the subject of the nature, origins and development of Wisdom. In the opening chapter Sternberg explains the organization of the book, and briefly summarizes each of the individual essays. One section focuses on 'Philosophical Approaches to Wisdom' and another on 'Folk Approaches to Wisdom'. Sternberg himself has a chapter on Intelligence, Creativity and Wisdom.

The claim is that this is the first collection of professional essays on the subject. Interest in the subject has greatly expanded since the first publication of the essays.

One central area of study has to do with 'Aging and Wisdom' and why it is that the Aged are considered to be the Wise. An obvious answer points to their accumulated knowledge, but there is also the idea that having experienced much in life they may have a calm and perspective in making decisions which provide true wisdom.

Another aspect of Wisdom touched upon in the book relates to the Wisdom required of leaders. Another has to do with the Wisdom required in the business of everyday life. Yet a third has to do with the wisdom involved in making decisions for the family.

Certain examples of Wisdom come to mind. Kutuzov in 'War and Peace' the wily general cursed for not attacking the invading French has the wisdom to wait, and draw the French Forces deep into the heart of Russia where General Winter destroys them. The image here of Wisdom is connected with Patience, and an overall understanding of the motion of history and reality.

Other images of 'wise people' come to mind. Two women who kept their extended families together, who showed a way of connecting and helping various family members.
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