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The term wisdom means “understanding of what is true, right, or lasting” (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 1992). Wisdom begins with philosophy. Why? To quote Ayn Rand,
Philosophy studies the fundamental nature of existence, of man, and of man's relationship to existence. As against the special sciences, which deal only with particular aspects, philosophy deals with those aspects of the universe which pertain to everything that exists. In the realm of cognition, the special sciences are the trees, but philosophy is the soil that makes the forest possible. (Rand, 1982, p. 2, italics in original)
Philosophy provides answers to the following questions. What is the ...