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The Virtues of Ignorance

The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge proposes an alternative to this hubristic, shortsighted, and dangerous worldview.

Author : Bill Vitek

Release : 2008-05-01

Publisher : University Press of Kentucky

ISBN : 0813172861

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Human dependence on technology has increased exponentially over the past several centuries, and so too has the notion that we can fix environmental problems with scientific applications. The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge proposes an alternative to this hubristic, shortsighted, and dangerous worldview. The contributors argue that uncritical faith in scientific knowledge has created many of the problems now threatening the planet and that our wholesale reliance on scientific progress is both untenable and myopic. Bill Vitek, Wes Jackson, and a diverse group of thinkers, including Wendell Berry, Anna Peterson, and Robert Root-Bernstein, offer profound arguments for the advantages of an ignorance-based worldview. Their essays explore this philosophy from numerous perspectives, including its origins, its essence, and how its implementation can preserve vital natural resources for posterity. All conclude that we must simply accept the proposition that our ignorance far exceeds our knowledge and always will. Rejecting the belief that science and technology are benignly at the service of society, the authors argue that recognizing ignorance might be the only path to reliable knowledge. They also uncover an interesting paradox: knowledge and insight accumulate fastest in the minds of those who hold an ignorance-based worldview, for by examining the alternatives to a technology-based culture, they expand their imaginations. Demonstrating that knowledge-based worldviews are more dangerous than useful, The Virtues of Ignorance looks closely at the relationship between the land and the future generations who will depend on it. The authors argue that we can never improve upon nature but that we can, by putting this new perspective to work in our professional and personal lives, live sustainably on Earth.

Uneasy Virtue

Julia Driver challenges this classical theory of virtue, arguing that it fails to take into account virtues which do seem to involve ignorance or epistemic defect.

Author : Julia Driver

Release : 2001-04-23

Publisher : Cambridge University Press

ISBN : 9781139430029

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The predominant view of moral virtue can be traced back to Aristotle. He believed that moral virtue must involve intellectual excellence. To have moral virtue one must have practical wisdom - the ability to deliberate well and to see what is morally relevant in a given context. Julia Driver challenges this classical theory of virtue, arguing that it fails to take into account virtues which do seem to involve ignorance or epistemic defect. Some 'virtues of ignorance' are counterexamples to accounts of virtue which hold that moral virtue must involve practical wisdom. Modesty, for example, is generally considered to be a virtue even though the modest person may be making an inaccurate assessment of his or her accomplishments. Driver argues that we should abandon the highly intellectualist view of virtue and instead adopt a consequentialist perspective which holds that virtue is simply a character trait which systematically produces good consequences.

The Power of Ignorance

Where you can take the audience to strange places and have them happily come
along . The Fringe ! Jeff sent me the ten - minute video . Chris and I watched it —
this infomercial of a guy preaching the virtues of ignorance over knowledge .

Author : Ti-Jon David Dawe

Release : 2006

Publisher : Brindle and Glass

ISBN : 9781897142141

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Your brain cells are prison cells! Break free with The Power of Ignorance, the smash Fringe play! Join certified Ig-master Vaguen on the road to bliss. You might think that ignorance comes naturally, but on the contrary, the world conspires to cram our heads full of useless and dangerous know-ledge every day. Fall off this knowledge into the safe and comforting world of oblivio(n/ousness) by discovering The Power of Ignorance. In this playscript Vaguen is featured at one of his seminars where he helps successful people, wealthy people, good-looking people, and people just like you to attain the heights/depths of ignorance.

Inherited Land

horizons seriously.23 A recent collection of essays entitled The Virtue of
Ignorance in fact suggests this approach in environmental ethics.24 We can only
hear, see, touch, taste, smell, and think so far into the past and into the future
before our ...

Author : Whitney A. Bauman

Release : 2011-08-04

Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN : 1630876240

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Religion and ecology has arrived. What was once a niche interest for a few academics concerned with environmental issues and a few environmentalists interested in religion has become an established academic field with classic texts, graduate programs, regular meetings at academic conferences, and growing interest from other academics and the mass media. Theologians, ethicists, sociologists, and other scholars are engaged in a broad dialogue about the ways religious studies can help understand and address environmental problems, including the sorts of methodological, terminological, and substantive debates that characterize any academic discourse. This book recognizes the field that has taken shape, reflects on the ways it is changing, and anticipates its development in the future. The essays offer analyses and reflections from emerging scholars of religion and ecology, each addressing her or his own specialty in light of two questions: (1) What have we inherited from the work that has come before us? and (2) What inquiries, concerns, and conversation partners should be central to the next generation of scholarship? The aim of this volume is not to lay out a single and clear path forward for the field. Rather, the authors critically reflect on the field from within, outline some of the major issues we face in the academy, and offer perspectives that will nurture continued dialogue.

Understanding Ignorance

In this book, philosopher Daniel DeNicola explores ignorance—its abundance, its endurance, and its consequences. DeNicola aims to understand ignorance, which seems at first paradoxical.

Author : Daniel R. Denicola

Release : 2017-08-18

Publisher : MIT Press

ISBN : 0262341042

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An exploration of what we can know about what we don't know: why ignorance is more than simply a lack of knowledge. Ignorance is trending. Politicians boast, “I'm not a scientist.” Angry citizens object to a proposed state motto because it is in Latin, and “This is America, not Mexico or Latin America.” Lack of experience, not expertise, becomes a credential. Fake news and repeated falsehoods are accepted and shape firm belief. Ignorance about American government and history is so alarming that the ideal of an informed citizenry now seems quaint. Conspiracy theories and false knowledge thrive. This may be the Information Age, but we do not seem to be well informed. In this book, philosopher Daniel DeNicola explores ignorance—its abundance, its endurance, and its consequences. DeNicola aims to understand ignorance, which seems at first paradoxical. How can the unknown become known—and still be unknown? But he argues that ignorance is more than a lack or a void, and that it has dynamic and complex interactions with knowledge. Taking a broadly philosophical approach, DeNicola examines many forms of ignorance, using the metaphors of ignorance as place, boundary, limit, and horizon. He treats willful ignorance and describes the culture in which ignorance becomes an ideological stance. He discusses the ethics of ignorance, including the right not to know, considers the supposed virtues of ignorance, and concludes that there are situations in which ignorance is morally good. Ignorance is neither pure nor simple. It is both an accusation and a defense (“You are ignorant!” “Yes, but I didn't know!”). Its practical effects range from the inconsequential to the momentous. It is a scourge, but, DeNicola argues daringly, it may also be a refuge, a value, even an accompaniment to virtue.

Rethinking Virtue Ethics

This chapter is focused on motivating the idea that a specific model of Aristotelian
virtue ethics presents a basis for a rich ... traditional assumption that virtue
requires knowledge by considering the possibility that there are virtues of

Author : Michael Winter

Release : 2011-09-06

Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN : 9789400721937

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Rethinking Virtue Ethics offers a model of Aristotelian virtue ethics based on a deductive paradigm. This book argues that, contrary to what many contemporary thinkers are inclined to believe, Aristotelian virtue ethics is consistent with at least some action-guiding moral principles being true unconditionally, and that a justification for general moral principles can be grounded in fundamental concepts within Aristotle’s theory. An analysis of ethical propositions that hold for the most part is proposed that fits well within the deductive paradigm developed. This unique interpretation of virtue ethics has implications for recent discussions of the virtues in social psychology, issues about how fundamental moral principles are known, questions about the justification of inalienable rights, debates about moral particularism and generalism, and discussions of moral realism and anti-realism.

Art and Science

Virtues. of. Ignorance. WHEN I Was About Ten Years Old, I read Robinson
Crusoe for the first time and could scarcely contain my delight with the ingenious
and resourceful ways Crusoe transformed his island world, bending its inventory
to his ...

Author : Stephen Richards Graubard

Release : 1986

Publisher : University Press of America

ISBN : 9780819166784

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This volume brings together a distinguished collection of thinkers to consider the complex relation and divergence between art and science. How art and science relate to technology, why they should be thought relevant to morality, and what their study can possibly contribute to the understanding of the nature of the mind are only a few of the subjects explored in these pages.

Political Philosophy and the God of Abraham

... for souls as they are born'' but instead are meant to constitute a challenge that
o√ers each the opportunity to ''educate itself with the help of the Creator,'' and
thus, ''by pious zeal, [to] acquire and possess all the virtues.'' The ''ignorance and

Author : Thomas L. Pangle

Release : 2004-12-01

Publisher : JHU Press

ISBN : 0801881315

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In this book noted scholar Thomas L. Pangle brings back a lost and crucial dimension of political theory: the mutually illuminating encounter between skeptically rationalist political philosophy and faith-based political theology guided ultimately by the authority of the Bible. Focusing on the chapters of Genesis in which the foundation of the Bible is laid, Pangle provides an interpretive reading illuminated by the questions and concerns of the Socratic tradition and its medieval heirs in the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic worlds. He brings into contrast the rival interpretive framework set by the biblical criticism of the modern rationalists Hobbes and Spinoza, along with their heirs from Locke to Hegel. The full meaning of these diverse philosophic responses to the Bible is clarified through a dialogue with hermeneutic discussions by leading political theologians in the Judaic, Muslim, and Christian traditions, from Josephus and Augustine to our day. Profound and subtle in its argument, this book will be of interest not only to students and scholars of politics, philosophy, and religion but also to thoughtful readers in every walk of life who seek to deepen their understanding of the perplexing relationship between religious faith and philosophic reason. -- James V. Schall

Epistemology of the Quran

This book examines all verses of the Quran involving knowledge related concepts.

Author : M. Ashraf Adeel

Release : 2019-07-17

Publisher : Springer

ISBN : 3030175588

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This book examines all verses of the Quran involving knowledge related concepts. It begins with the argument that an analysis of the Quranic concept of ignorance points to epistemic virtues that can pave our way towards gaining knowledge and/or understanding. It deals with the Quranic concepts of perceptual, rational, and revelatory knowledge as well as understanding and wisdom in the light of recent discussions in Western analytic epistemology. It also argues that the relevant Quranic verses seem to involve concept of an epistemic conscience whose proper exercise can yield knowledge or understanding. While not overlooking the Quranic emphasis on revelation as a source of knowledge, the book draws our attention to a remarkable overlap between some strains of contemporary virtue epistemology and Quranic approach to knowledge. It shows that the Quranic verses suggest a progressive sequence from propositional knowledge to understanding to wisdom.

A Defense of Ignorance

This book develops new ideas in feminist epistemology by exploring diverse and sometimes positive roles for ignorance. Townley argues that epistemic values cannot simply be reduced to the value of increasing knowledge.

Author : Cynthia Townley

Release : 2011

Publisher : Lexington Books

ISBN : 0739151053

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By exploring diverse and sometimes positive roles for ignorance, A Defense of Ignorance offers a revisionary approach to epistemology that challenges core assumptions about epistemic values. Townley contributes innovative ways of thinking about the practicalities and politics of knowledge and argues for an expanded domain of responsible epistemic conduct. All social scientists, especially those interested in knowledge and in feminist scholarship, stand to benefit from Townley's arguments.

Acting on Principles

The intellectual virtues are of two kinds: those perfecting the speculative and
those perfecting the practical intellect. ... In this regard Aquinas is critical of
Socrates' position that knowledge is virtue and ignorance vice and would be
equally ...

Author : Janko Zagar

Release : 2010-07-01

Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN : 1630878359

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Acting on Principles, the product of over thirty years of teaching, gives a comprehensive overview of the Moral Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, placing it in dialogue with contemporary ethical theory and developments in Catholic theology since the Second Vatican Council. Suitable for students of ethics and moral theology, and general readers seeking Christian guidance in the formation of conscience and moral decision making, it presents the classical Catholic ethical tradition in a clear and lively style.

Of Learned Ignorance

This is the ineffable mystery of the Cross and of our redemption, in which, beyond
what has already been touched upon, Christ ' I shows us that truth and justice
and the divine virtues must be preferred to temporal life, as the eternal before the

Author : Nicholas Cusanus

Release : 2007-05-25

Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN : 1556354495

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The Charge of Ignorance and Misrepresentation Proved Against George B. Cheever

Why if that were ever ty to virtue or his admiration of genius . " — the case , I
should deserve to be tied to the He was the vindicator of the fame of Priesttail of
the great red dragon , and whipped ley against such libellers as Mr . Cheever ,
round ...

Author : Charles Wentworth Upham

Release : 1834

Publisher :


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New Thinking in Complexity for the Social Sciences and Humanities

of. Complexity. In order to arrive at what you do not know, you must go by a way
which is the way of ignorance T.S. Eliot, from “East Coker”1 ... We may 1In
Wendell Berry, in Vitek and Jackson 2008, “The Virtues of Ignorance”, p. 37 (
emphasis ...

Author : Ton Jörg

Release : 2011-08-09

Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN : 9789400713031

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The underlying idea and motive for the book is that the notion of complexity may humanize the social sciences, may conceive the complex human being as more human, and turn reality as assumed in our doing social science into a more complex, that is a richer reality for all. The main focus of this book is on new thinking in complexity, with complexity to be taken as derived from the Latin word complexus: ‘that which is interwoven.’ The trans-disciplinary approach advocated here will be trans-disciplinary in two ways: firstly, by going beyond the separate disciplines within the fields of both natural sciences and social sciences, and, secondly, by going beyond the separate cultures of the natural sciences and of the social sciences and humanities.

Ethics and Religion

Socrates argued that people will be virtuous if they know what virtue is .
Ignorance leads to evil and wrongdoing . Socrates argued that virtue is
knowledge and the search for knowledge was the highest and noblest of all
pursuits . Athens ...

Author : Joe Jenkins

Release : 2003

Publisher : Heinemann

ISBN : 9780435303679

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This revised and updated edition for Advanced Religious Studies contains practice exam questions to help succeed in exams and a new section which focuses on students' thinking skills.

Mysticism in India

Hitherto we have seen how J fianesvara takes an intellectual view of virtue, and
how in Socahlogue of View cratic fashion ... Now ignorance is the absence of
knowledge, and therefore means absence or negation of the many virtues which
we ...

Author : R. D. Ranade

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Publisher : SUNY Press

ISBN : 1438416865

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Mysticism in India is a complete and informative description of the teachings, works, and lives of the great poet-saints of Maharashtra written by a scholar and professor who was also a mystic. Jnaneshwar, Namadev, Tukaram, Eknath, Ramdas, and the other saints discussed belonged to the great devotional religious movement that spread through medieval India. With the exception of Ramdas, they all belonged to the tradition of the Varkaris, the most popular sect in contemporary Maharashtra. Their compositions exemplify the universality of their faith and practice, and are recognized as literary treasures. Ranade was primarily interested in the poet-saints as mystics—teachers of the perennial philosophy—whose experiences have general metaphysical and religious implications. At the heart of his classic is a comprehensive, objective presentation of the thought of these saints, augmented by a deep appreciation of their value and relevance to present-day scholars and seekers. Mysticism in India is the only major study in English of medieval Indian religious literature. The book’s enduring value has been enhanced by the addition of a foreword by a scholar currently working in Marathi literature, and a preface by a present-day poet-saint of Maharashtra.

A General History of Quadrupeds

... which was much esteemed in former times for its great virtue in expelling
poison from the human frame, and was sold ... The virtues which ignorance and
inexperience attributed to it, are now found no longer to exist; and this once-
celebrated ...

Author : Thomas Bewick

Release : 2009-06-15

Publisher : University of Chicago Press

ISBN : 0226044807

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In the late eighteenth century, the British took greater interest than ever before in observing and recording all aspects of the natural world. Travelers and colonists returning from far-flung lands provided dazzling accounts of such exotic creatures as elephants, baboons, and kangaroos. The engraver Thomas Bewick (1753–1828) harnessed this newfound interest by assembling the most comprehensive illustrated guide to nature of his day. A General History of Quadrupeds, first published in 1790, showcases Bewick’s groundbreaking engraving techniques that allowed text and images to be published on the same page. From anteaters to zebras, armadillos to wolverines, this delightful volume features engravings of over four hundred animals alongside descriptions of their characteristics as scientifically understood at the time. Quadrupeds reaffirms Bewick’s place in history as an incomparable illustrator, one whose influence on natural history and book printing still endures today.

The Way of Ignorance

The corporate mind at work overthrows all the virtues of the personal mind, or it
throws them out of account. The corporate mind knows no affection, no desire
that is not greedy, no local or personal loyalty, no sympathy or reverence or
gratitude ...

Author : Wendell Berry

Release : 2006-08-10

Publisher : Catapult

ISBN : 158243929X

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A soulful, searching collection of essays that tackle the complexities of contemporary america from “the prophet of rural America” (New York Times). From the war in Iraq to Hurricane Katrina to the political sniping engendered by Supreme Court nominations—contemporary American society is characterized by divisive anger, profound loss, and danger. Wendell Berry, “the prophet of rural America” (New York Times) and one of the country’s foremost cultural critics, responds with hope and intelligence in a series of essays that tackle the major questions of the day. Whose freedom are we considering when we speak of the free market or free enterprise? What is really involved in our national security? What is the price of ownership without affection? Berry answers in prose that shuns abstraction for clarity, coherence, and passion, giving us essays that may be the finest of his long career. “Everything in the book illumines.” —Booklist “[Berry’s] poems, novels and essays . . . are probably the most sustained contemporary articulation of America’s agrarian, Jeffersonian ideal.” —Publishers Weekly “Wendell Berry is one of those rare individuals who speaks to us always of responsibility, of the individual cultivation of an active and aware participation in the arts of life.” —The Bloomsbury Review


On the contrary, Alan Cromartie (1995:7) asserts that among 'Hale's great virtues
was ignorance of the boundaries segmenting our own, more timid, mental lives'.
A division of life into separate spheres has become the symptom of a flawed ...

Author : David Saunders

Release : 2002-06-01

Publisher : Routledge

ISBN : 1134850751

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In early modern Europe the law developed as one of the few non-religious orderings of civil life. Its separation from religion was, however, never complete and we see the contest continued today not only in the campaigns of religious fundamentalists of the right, but also in the clains of critical intellectuals to reshape government institutions and the legal apparatus in accordance with moral principle - whether of indivudual autonomy or communitarian self-determination. In Anti-Lawyers, David Saunders traces the story of this unresolved conflict from Hobbes' Leviathan to the American law texts of today, and discusses how we might regard today's moral critics of government and law in the light of the early modern effort to disengage spiritual discipline from secular government and conscience from law. Separate sections look at major figures in English common law in the Early Modern period, French and German absolutism and jurisprudence as it is taught in the American law texts of today.

American Politics in the Age of Ignorance: Why Lawmakers Choose Belief over Research

Instead,some emphasize the virtues of federalism. States are depicted as
laboratories of innovation, able to respond quickly to the local demands of their
people and fashion creative solutions to pressing political and policy problems.
But the ...

Author : D. Schultz

Release : 2012-11-29

Publisher : Springer

ISBN : 1137308737

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American Politics in the Age of Ignoranc e looks at ten policy myths and bad ideas that governments and public officials - most often conservatives - consistently repeat and re-enact. Acting on these myths, the policies inevitably fail and thereby reinforce preconceived beliefs that government is ineffective at solving problems.