the heart of Wisdom University is the pursuit of wisdom.
If you think about how you know what you
know, two epistemologies likely come to mind. One is
based on revealed truth, the basis of the Abrahamic
religions. Whether Moses receiving Torah, or Christ
crucified and resurrected, or Mohammed reciting the
Koran, truth in western religious terms is something
that comes from God and is to be believed and obeyed.
other way of knowing is the scientific method, based
on the aggregation of data, testing hypotheses, and
developing increasingly accurate theories. Science is
the path of rationality and intellectual logic that
seeks the certainties of verifiable knowledge.
ancient Greeks offered a third way of knowing. Socrates
honored divine revelation and scientific investigation,
but he believed that the greatest commitment around
which to orient one’s life is the exploration
of ultimate questions. For the Socratic quest, the most
profound way of discerning ultimate verities is through
truth pursued not truth revealed or knowledge aggregated.
seek answers and are thus based on dogmatic
belief. Science seeks knowledge and is thus
based on certifiable facts. The pursuit of wisdom is
to live in the questions and thus to be open to personal
means that wisdom is really a way of life,
rather than being an arid intellectual enterprise. The
pursuit of wisdom leads to an ever-deepening alchemical
metamorphosis of psyche, heart, mind, body and soul.
Wisdom University is firmly rooted in this Socratic
tradition. The notion of truth pursued is the cornerstone
and foundation of everything we stand for, and lies
at the heart of all our programs, courses and events.
University explores both ancient wisdom traditions and
the wisdom culture shaping our future today.
In many schools, knowledge learned is abstract and disembodied
without immediate relevance to the students and their
lives. This is one reason that there is such a high
drop out rate in high schools and universities. Students
simply don’t see a connection between what they
are studying and what they are doing or want to do.
so at Wisdom University. For us, the ancient wisdom
traditions are living traditions that inform decisions,
affect behavior, and lead to personal transformation.
Moreover, the university emphasizes the importance of
how wisdom is alive and active today not only at the
personal but also at the national and global level.
Our focus is on how the pursuit of wisdom has transformed
lives over the ages and how it is transforming life
today. This dialectic between ancient and contemporary
wisdom is the container within which all our programs
fact, the core courses for every degree program we offer
are designed to illuminate wisdom past and wisdom present.
These include Wisdom and Civilization, The Emerging
Wisdom Culture, and Wisdom as a Way of Life.
A number of our other courses also cover specific wisdom
traditions, the great mystics, and wisdom teachers.