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Larry L. Rasmussen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199917006

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917006.001.0001

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Wisdom and Folly

Wisdom and Folly

(p.332) 12 Wisdom and Folly
Earth-honoring Faith

Larry L. Rasmussen

Oxford University Press

Wisdom traditions are pan-religious and pan-human. In these traditions creation as teacher is assumed; measured human responsibility follows. Wisdom comes in various genre from every culture known to the historical record. Wisdom is frequently identified as a figure of, or partner of, divinity. Numerous examples of wisdom are given in the chapter, as is their moral instruction and practice. An awareness of moral tragedy is present as well, together with the awareness of human folly. The Earth Charter is offered as a present-day quest for global wisdom in the face of an ecospheric crisis that is a civilizational crisis as well. The chapter closes with a science-informed assessment of wisdom traditions.

Keywords:   wisdom literature, the orientation of wisdom, the genre of wisdom, The Earth Charter, Fritz Haber, moral tragedy, science and wisdom, folly

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