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INTRO TO WISDOM
   
Why wisdom?
   
What is wisdom?
   
Words of wisdom
   
Wisdom bibliographies
   
Wisdom Books & Reviews
   
Wisdom and literature

AUDIO & VIDEO
   The Wisdom Page Podcast
   Wisdom-related videos
   Other A/V materials

WISDOM'S STRUCTURE
   The kinds of wisdom
   Wise perspectives
   Wise values
   Collective wisdom
   The integral vision

PROFILES OF WISDOM

WISDOM AND THE FUTURE

WISDOM RESEARCH

WISDOM AND POSITIVE AGING

EDUCATION FOR WISDOM

WISDOM DEVELOPMENT
   Defining the task
   The meditation tool
   Other tools
   Other wisdom resources

WISDOM IN ACTION
   Creating wise societies
   Spirituality in business
   Dialogue, not debate
   Activist organizations
   World Wisdom Alliance
   Other approaches

PERSONAL QUESTS

WISDOM BOOKS & REVIEWS

WISDOM-RELEVANT BLOGS

 

 

 

What is wisdom?  
Why is it important?
How can it be developed?


The Wisdom Page
is a website dedicated to helping us better understand wisdom—that vitally important pinnacle of human virtue and philosophical and psychological development.

There are no short answers to the questions above—to the nature and value of wisdom—but there are answers. The Wisdom Page provides a rich and diverse array of thoughtful responses to these questions, intended to educate the human mind and inspire the human spirit.

Indeed, wisdom is a multi-faceted synthesis of many human qualities. For millennia, students of wisdom and writers about it have associated wisdom with a number of positive human character strengths and virtues. Among them are the 48 that are displayed, one-by-one, over the "world at night" image above.

Further, while there is no easy or simple way to develop wisdom, there are clearly definable pathways for cultivating and strengthening it. Again, The Wisdom Page provides a wealth of advice and guided practices for the nurturance and growth of wisdom.

Since 1995 The Wisdom Page has been connecting those interested in wisdom with a wide range of wisdom-related resources. Over the years the website has expanded in content and grown in popularity. Now, each month it delivers more than 30,000 documents, podcasts, and videos to visitors from more than 140 countries.

The Wisdom Page team includes writers, teachers, wisdom researchers, and people from all walks of life who see wisdom as central to personal and societal well being. Amidst ongoing concerns over numerous perceived problems and challenges in the world today—environmental, economic, social, ethical, and technological— it is more important than ever to emphasize the critical relevance of wisdom in constructively facing these challenges. Wisdom is not just about “wise sayings” and philosophical insights of the past; wisdom is “vitally important” for our individual and collective future. Wisdom faces forward. Though numerous technological and economic solutions are offered to address the problems of today, we believe that the pursuit and development of wisdom is key to a positive future for humanity.

In the spirit of founder Copthorne Macdonald’s practice of including philosophically and culturally diverse writings and perspectives on wisdom, each month we will identify and briefly review in the Wisdom Page Updates new writings and resources on wisdom, all of which will be linked into the full documents on The Wisdom Page. If you are interested in submitting an essay or other item for review and potential inclusion in the The Wisdom Page, you are welcome to do so.

We hope you enjoy your visit. If you have comments, suggestions or questions you'd like to share with us, or if you would like to receive our monthly Wisdom Page Updates about ongoing new additions to the website, click here.

Copthorne Macdonald, Tom Lombardo, and The Wisdom Page Advisory Board



The Wisdom Page was founded by Copthorne MacDonald in 1995. Copthorne passed away in the winter of 2011. He was a dear friend and inspiring and supportive colleague who possessed a deep understanding of both science and philosophy, as well as a personal presence and character that embodied the quality of wisdom. Indeed, Cop devoted the last couple decades of his life to the study of wisdom and the ongoing development of The Wisdom Page - the premier website for readings and other educational resources on wisdom. Read the complete dedication to Cop.

 

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Wisdom Books & Reviews

Using The Wisdom Page For Personal Study

What Can You and I Do to Create a Heaven on Earth?

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Audio and Video


Including the new introductory video:
WISDOM and THE WISDOM PAGE

Many published books shed light on the nature and development of wisdom. Click the menu item

We are also interested in Wisdom-Related Blogs. If you know of likely candidates for inclusion please email us at info@wisdompage.com.


Online Courses

WISDOM 101 is a free online course in practical wisdom. It is the outgrowth of a classroom course given at Rollins College by Professor Alan Nordstrom, and uses short chapters from Cop Macdonald's book GETTING A LIFE to stir thinking about many common life situations.

Wisdom 101

A Course in Practical Wisdom



Interactive Course developed and taught by Leland Beaumont. Survey and exploration of human virtues, with application to decision making and improving well-being.

Virtues

Online Wikiversity Course




Free Books

Copthorne Macdonald's books in eBook format    Download free, screen-readable, eBook editions of Matters of Consequence (concerning personal and societal wisdom in the 21st century), Getting a Life (about practical, everyday-life wisdom), and Toward Wisdom (concerning big-picture, existential wisdom).
MIND FLIGHT: A Journey into the Future is an exciting, insightful, and wide-ranging personal quest book by Thomas Lombardo and Jeanne Belisle Lombardo. Read the first few chapters here.

 

Discounted Books

Jason Merchey's "Life of Value" books   Pay the discounted cost and copies of Building a Life of Value and Living a Life of Value are yours. Values are the keystones of a meaningful life. These books present great thinking by classical and contemporary writers, and offer a rich variety of ideas on the subject.
 

 

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