Gnosis, Episteme, Mysticism, Wisdom, Enlightenment
To be wise I think it is important for educators to at least have some conceptualization of the roles both gnosis and episteme have played in human history and further consider a wisdom context broad enough to contain both. Current definitions of wisdom range from advanced practical “know how” (Sternberg, 1990) to “cosmic enlightenment” (Alexander & Langer, 1990). I suggest that to have a deep understanding of “wisdom” (or for that matter, any field of study) it is “wise” to define the “space” bracketed by its contrastingly extreme positions. This dialectic process could establish a context within which wisdom might reside. Applying this process then, can a definition of wisdom be inclusive enough for the “down-to-earth” as well as the lofty extremes of meanings people have assigned to this term? Also, what is the relevance of such a potential definition to education?
Ashcroft, Dr. Richard
Wisdom in Education: Vol. 5
, Article 1.
Available at: http://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/wie/vol5/iss1/1