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This is an association of people sympathetic to the idea that academic inquiry should help humanity acquire more wisdom by rational means. Wisdom is taken to be the capacity to realize what is of value in life, for oneself and others. It includes knowledge, understanding and technological know-how, and much else besides. Friends of Wisdom try to encourage universities and schools actively to seek and promote wisdom by educational and intellectual means. At present, Friends of Wisdom communicate with one another in the main by email (JISCMAIL). If you wish to join, click HERE, and then click on "join or leave the list", or email: nick@knowledgetowisdom.org

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From Knowledge to Wisdom

This is Nicholas Maxwell's website, and contains a lot of information about his life, work and publications devoted to developing Knowledge to Wisdom ideas and arguments.

Is Science Neurotic?

This contains information about Nicholas Maxwell's latest book.

PhilSci Archive

This site includes a number of articles by Nicholas Maxwell, along with articles by a number of other philosophers of science.

From Knowledge to Wisdom, 2nd Edition

Pentire Press website with information about this second edition, to be published in November 2007.

Knowledge to Wisdom

The Introduction to the forthcoming 2nd edition of Maxwell's book From Knowledge to Wisdom can be found at this site.

The Wisdom Page

This has a great deal of fascinating information about books, on-line texts, organizations and groups concerned with aspects of wisdom.

The Philosophy Site of Rafe Champion

This has essays and reviews by Rafe Champion, inspired by Karl Popper and others. Four articles by Nicholas Maxwell are to be found here: Click "Guest Room" and there are three papers; "Do We Need an Academic Revolution" (summary of my argument), and two papers arguing that aim-oriented empiricism is an improvement over the views of Popper, Kuhn and Lakatos: "A Mug's Game", and "Popper, Kuhn, Lakatos and Aim-Oriented Empiricism".
Click "Forum" and a number of papers come up that were given at a Popper conference in Vienna in 2002. One is by me. It is called "The Enlightenment Programme and Karl Popper". It sets out the basic argument for wisdom-inquiry in a way which makes clear that it improves on Karl Popper, in turn an improvement of the 18th century Enlightenment Programme.

The Karl Popper Web

This web site, edited by Dr. Ray Scott Percival, contains a great deal of information about Karl Popper, his life and books, conferences, journals and discussion groups devoted to his work, and philosophers interested in his work.

Philosophy of Science Resources

This site contains a wealth of information about philosophy of science.

Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR)

This promotes ethical science and technology - based on the principles of openness, accountability, peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability. Their work involves research, education, lobbying and providing a support network for ethically-concerned scientists. SGR is an independent UK-based membership organisation with around 600 scientist members.

The International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy

Seeks to promote peace by means of education.

Friends of the Earth

This is the site of the campaigning organization, on which "Friends of Wisdom" is modelled.


This includes over 15,000 categorized links to philosophy resources on the internet.

Philosophy Research Base erratic impact.com

This is categorized by history, subject and author. Integrating text resources with the best online resources, this study guide attempts to aid both academic and general interest in all philosophical genres and their related fields.

Pentire Press
Information about second editions of From Knowledge to Wisdom and What's Wrong With Science?, both published by Pentire Press.

The Proceedings of the Friesian School

This contains essays that seek to promote critical philosophy in the tradition of Kant, Fries, Schopenhauer, Nelson and Popper.

The Wisdom Institute

This "supports the development of wisdom in people, organizations, and communities through education, research and consultation". The director is Dr. Carrie Bassett.

Teaching for Wisdom

Details about a Conference on "Teaching for Wisdom", to be held on the 19-20 February 2004 at Bloomington, Minnesota, USA, are to be found at this Website of "The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning".

Science, Philosophy, and History and Philosophy of Science Links

Contains a great number of links.


This is a site devoted to topics of philosophical interest, including issues in ethics, epistemology, logic, metaphysics, law, politics, science, technology, art, and life in general.

Attainable Utopias promotes positive innovation for sustainable futures. It is a growing network of innovators and experts that works as an 'Open Source' think tank.

Transformational thinking.

Thinking philosophy for personal and business development.

History and Policy

History & Policy works for better public policy through an understanding of history

Expose the Bull: A site devoted to the logical analysis of the lies, prevarications, and nonsense being fed to the American people by government, business, and the mainstream press.

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