Wisdom, Vocation and the University

  • John Sullivan


Sullivan argues that a central purpose of any university is the facilitation of serious reflection on vocation. He begins with a brief analysis of the multiplicity of purposes jostling for attention in a university. Then he brings out some of the differences between wisdom and knowledge, suggesting that universities should strive to go beyond a concern for developing knowledge, deliberately seeking to promote wisdom among learners. A key feature of a person with wisdom is self-knowledge. Vocation can be understood in both secular and religious ways, with different understandings of vocation among Christians. Suggestions are made for appropriate ways for universities to prompt mature discernment of vocation by students, linking questions about vocation to self-knowledge and building bridges between wisdom and knowledge.

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  • John Sullivan
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  1. 1.Theology, Philosophy & Religious StudiesLiverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUK

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