The Quest for Wisdom in the Age of Information

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Abstract

Published in Insights, the magazine of the Uniting Church in Australia, by Edward Spence in the October 2011 issue. Article examines the notion of wisdom as it applies to the Internet and digital information generally. Wisdom requires that we learn the husbandry of information ' how to reflect upon it, how to understand it, how to control it so it does not control us, how to judge its implications so we can foresee its consequences, whether they are good or bad. As an academic philosopher Spence sees his wider role in society as that of a public commentator on matters of public significance. Using his philosophical knowledge and expertise Spence creates short media articles of about 800 -1000 words to analyse and evaluate complex social issues philosophically. He draws on both ancient and contemporary philosophy in order to situate those social issues in the wider historical context of western civilisation. It is important to do so in order to raise awareness of the continuity of thought that shapes and grounds our understanding of these contemporary social issues. The media articles that Spence publishes in newspapers and magazines are part of his public philosophy research output. It also includes the writing and performance of original philosophy plays in public venues as part of his Theatre of Philosophy project. Unlike academic journal papers the media articles are written in a rhetorical style designed for a public audience but without comprising the philosophical rationale.
Original languageEnglish
Type789 wd article published in Insights, the magazine of the Uniting Church in Australia, October 2011 issue.
PublisherUTC Publications
Place of PublicationSydney, NSW, Australia
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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