Lehrstuhl für Philosophie III
Institut für Philosophie, Residenz - Südflügel, 97070 Würzburg
Research foci (and basic equipment-based research projects):
Wisdom counts among the fundamental terms of the most divergent cultures in history, a term which is used to signify a comprehensive and theoretical as well as practical orientation in life. Whenever wisdom is the object of thought, it occasions questions concerning the concept of philosophy. Its origin, as far as we can reconstruct today, lies in ancient Greece, in close connection to the traditions of wisdom literature of the Near East. The concept of philosophy has always and still is to be determined in relation to wisdom, as its Greek etymology implies. Philosophy, defined as love of and striving towards wisdom, offers an ideal which combines theoretical discourse and an attitude towards life. Epistemic and existential dimensions coincide in this concept. The project aims at reconstructing the "love story" between philosophy and wisdom with special emphasis on the controversies about philosophy in the high middle ages. These controversies offer alternatives for rethinking the ideal of philosophy in our times.
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