Wittgenstein: wisdom and insight over knowledge and information

In the Times Literary Supplement, Ian Ground appraises the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein, arguably the most important thinker of the 20th Century and since.

My take: The drive to replace insight with quantitative outcome in psychotherapy was a wrong turn.

“Wittgenstein was hostile to modern philosophy as he found it. He thought it the product of a culture that had come to model everything that matters about our lives on scientific explanation. In its ever-extending observance of the idea that knowledge, not wisdom, is our goal, that what matters is information rather than insight, and that we best address the problems that beset us, not with changes in our heart and spirit but with more data and better theories, our culture is pretty much exactly as Wittgenstein feared it would become.”

 

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