Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 8 months ago

Can impulsive decisions ever be wise?

16 Answers

  • 8 months ago

    Sometimes , which is done for good cause but not all times . there are some diseases where you have to take knife to treat surgery , but if you take knife for head ache then you are fooling yourself ., so actions coupled with goodness brings good .

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  • James
    Lv 4
    8 months ago

    No, of course not.  The answer is right there.  They are "impulsive" decisions.

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  • 8 months ago


    Wise decisions can be strategic in the short term where someone new to philosophy is casually introduced to a so called method called the inductive method.

    Some even believe mistakenly then that will lead on to philosophical or critical thinking, which is ludicrous.

    (unfortunately the results of philosophy fame-seekers who can only practise

    & write about trivial & childish stuff like subjective-ism or historicism. Some

    even think that RELIGION actually controls philosophy, say through the workings

    of modern science & the like. Its too easy for them to then jump on the critical

    bandwagon... & then JUMP OFF at the Religion or science stops.... ). 

      ^ say we were talking about making wise MATH (or science) decisions

         then a current example could be given of the latest child prodigy called

         Laurent Simons, who has graduated in maths at age NINE.

         But he will have quite a while yet to make many more of his own

         impulsive-math-decisions including of course what he impulsively

         implies-to-do with his math formulas like WHERE TO use them & HOW

         TO use them in his own APPLIED maths work, (inc collaborative work).

         Similarly you & I have had to learn (just) what we learn in any standard

          Philosophy 101 course ; then comes a critical-impulsive-decision of

          HOW to use that & even WHEN in the history of philosophy we may

          make a start.

          (some subjectivists hardly or intuitively/impulsively cannot recognise

           that philosophy can be an impulse (& thus has a history) just like

           the other knowledge areas described above. And this is because

           they have not understood how to critically separate their philosophy

           into the same 2 parts - that is separation of WHAT they know from

           HOW they came to know it (How we may say they learned it...)


           (a separation which has to do with learning philosophy CONTENT

            with a separate METHOD which usually accompanies it ; you should

            note above that I have followed past convention when speaking

            of the current maths learned by the latest (child) genius.

            The same convention which applies to learning "philosophy" ; but

             "the formulas" in current Philosophy -equating to the pure math

              formulas here- and how they are both Taught & Learned together

              constitute the "what" for subjectivists & subjective philosophy. That

              they too ARE being taught-a-philosophy-method (or more) I won't

              go into detail here. Suffice to say that they are unaware of it - some

              though are not, relying instead on their own (taught) impulsive

              decision to accept the stated formula-or-dictum, 

              " No new philosophy (under the sun) ".) 



    Source(s): the goading of part-time philosophers into making category (= critical rational or objective) mistakes.
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  • 8 months ago

    Yes ... and they can be profitable too!

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  • Liz
    Lv 5
    8 months ago

    I'd think it would depend on the person's circumstances at that moment.

  • Many decisions since declared "wise" were made impulsively.

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  • small
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Sometimes, well thought out decisions go wrong as the future happens to be uncertain.

    Likewise, many a time impulsive decisions hit the nail on the head!!

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  • 8 months ago

    Sure - but not usually if they truly are impulsive. But it can happen that you've been mulling a thing over on and off for a while, then one day an opportunity jumps out at you and you take it. It's not really impulsive at all - tho you may not realize you've been thinking about it. It may in fact be a considered decision that just hadn't yet become clear to you. But usually it's wiser TO consider a thing than just act on impulse.

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  • P
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    No, but that doesn't mean that they they can't be good. Intuitive decisions are based on many factors a large part of which is experience. Impulsive decisions are by their nature taken quickly, they are more about originating from reactions required for our immediate survival, and avoiding danger. Wise decisions are more strategic about our longer term needs. For example, it may be wise to avoid driving in bad weather, but if we have to we're back to "seat of the pants" decisions and reacting quickly.

    Marketing techniques are quick to exploit the psychology we have evolved to promote impulsive decisions for consumerism, for example the physical product placement in stores

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  • zeno
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    You might get lucky occasionally but most

    Impulsive spending pushes you closer to

    Bankruptcy of sever financial debt or relationship break ups. As you drive your mate crazy

    Spending beyond your income.

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