This page features a collection of the best resources on wisdom. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want a comprehensive overview of the idea of wisdom:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Wisdom. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 5500 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces the idea of wisdom:
“What is wisdom? Philosophers, psychologists, spiritual leaders, poets, novelists, life coaches, and a variety of other important thinkers have tried to understand the concept of wisdom. This entry will provide a brief and general overview, and analysis of, several philosophical views on the topic of wisdom. It is not intended to capture the many interesting and important approaches to wisdom found in other fields of inquiry. Moreover, this entry will focus on several major ideas in the Western philosophical tradition….”
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