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Single Idea 7623

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 1. Nature of Wisdom]

Full Idea

An ancient Greek would have said that being wise is an ethical value.

Gist of Idea

For ancient Greeks being wise was an ethical value


Hilary Putnam (Reason, Truth and History [1981], Ch.6)

Book Reference

Putnam,Hilary: 'Reason, Truth and History' [CUP 1998], p.132

A Reaction

This is instantly appealing, but since the Enlightenment we are under an obligation to attempt to justify absolutely everything, including the value of wisdom. I'm thinking that it only has value if it leads to eudaimonia.