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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-P052-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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In ancient times, wisdom was thought of as the type of knowledge needed to discern the good and live the good life. Philosophy takes its name from it (philosophía means love of wisdom). But wisdom is little evident as a subject of contemporary philosophical discussion. It is interesting to ask how the concept of wisdom has come to vanish almost entirely from the philosophical map.

Citing this article:
Smith, Nicholas D.. Wisdom, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-P052-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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