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1. Kim, Juensung. Beyond Wisdom and Virtue.

Degree: 2017, University of Toronto

It is argued that there is presently a theoretical confusion in psychology between the concepts of personal wisdom and moral virtue, a confusion not present in traditional religious and philosophical literature. It is further argued that this confusion may be resolved by understanding how exemplars of wisdom and virtue develop such qualities. The narratives of 16 participants, 8 scoring high on the Three-Dimensional Wisdom Scale and 8 scoring low, from 2 age cohorts (18-25 and 60-85) and 4 religious backgrounds (Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim) were analyzed for implicit narratives of developing exemplary qualities. It is found that wisdom and virtue are best understood as perspectival and procedural aspects of some further, little-discussed quality, stemming from deep immersion in religious paths of cultivation, which is shown to have important implications for the psychology of wisdom and virtue.


Advisors/Committee Members: Ferrari, Michel, Applied Psychology and Human Development.

Subjects/Keywords: Exemplar; Narrative analysis; Psychology of religion; Qualitative analysis; Virtue; Wisdom; 0621

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Kim, J. (2017). Beyond Wisdom and Virtue. (Masters Thesis). University of Toronto. Retrieved from

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Kim, Juensung. “Beyond Wisdom and Virtue.” 2017. Masters Thesis, University of Toronto. Accessed October 21, 2018.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Kim, Juensung. “Beyond Wisdom and Virtue.” 2017. Web. 21 Oct 2018.


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