- Simon Critchley
‘The gap between knowledge and wisdom’ asks: Does the scientific conception of the world eradicate the need for an answer to the question of the meaning of life? Ancient philosophy was characterized by an identity, or at least an attempted integration, of knowledge and wisdom: namely, that a knowledge of how things were the way they were would lead to wisdom in the conduct of one's life. In the modern world, through the extraordinary progress of the sciences, this unity has split apart. The question of wisdom, and its related question of the meaning of life, should at the very least move closer to the centre of philosophical activity.