David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Studies in Philosophy and Education 20 (1):41-55 (2001)
This paper explores the notion of practical wisdom asan alternative to current formulations of criticalthinking. The practical realm is that ofill-structured problems that emerge from life aslived; it is a realm of legitimate uncertainty andambiguity that requires an ethical responsiveness orpractical wisdom. The death of a child is a case inpoint. The author identifies and examines threeaspects of practical wisdom â the ethical claims ofpartiality, a yielding responsiveness and the play ofthought â and juxtaposes them with aspects of criticalthinking. The work of Martha Nussbaum and RichardPaul are interwoven throughout the discussion. Theauthor concludes that the discourse of criticalthinking is in danger of lapsing into a form of moralescapism wherein all we are rationally responsible foris thinking correctly. Practical wisdom, on theother hand, recognizes that thinking is not simply anintellectual cognitive act of an individual but adance between the life of a child and the love of anelder, a conversation between what is and what couldbe, an openness to passionate sorrow and surprise, aplay between understanding and perception. As such,practical wisdom provides a more likely account ofliving in good faith with oneself and others
|Keywords||practical wisdom Martha Nussbaum Richard Paul critical thinking|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Jennifer Wilson Mulnix (2010). Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking. Educational Philosophy and Theory 44 (5):464-479.
Andrés Mejía D. (2009). In Just What Sense Should I Be Critical? An Exploration Into the Notion of 'Assumption' and Some Implications for Assessment. Studies in Philosophy and Education 28 (4):351-367.
Similar books and articles
Shaun Gallagher (2007). Moral Agency, Self-Consciousness, and Practical Wisdom. Journal of Consciousness Studies 14 (s 5-6):199-223.
Esther Roca (2007). Intuitive Practical Wisdom in Organizational Life. Social Epistemology 21 (2):195 – 207.
Jason Baehr (2012). “Two Types of Wisdom”. Acta Analytica 27 (2):81-97.
Dennis J. Moberg (2007). Practical Wisdom and Business Ethics Presidential Address to the Society for Business Ethics Atlanta, August 2006. Business Ethics Quarterly 17 (3):535-561.
Ronald M. Polansky (2000). "Phronesis" on Tour: Cultural Adaptability of Aristotelian Ethical Notions. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 10 (4):323-336.
Matt Statler, Johan Roos & Bart Victor (2007). Dear Prudence: An Essay on Practical Wisdom in Strategy Making. Social Epistemology 21 (2):151 – 167.
Chris W. Surprenant (2012). Politics and Practical Wisdom: Rethinking Aristotle's Account of Phronesis. Topoi 31 (2):221-227.
Christopher Lyle Johnstone (2009). Listening to the Logos: Speech and the Coming of Wisdom in Ancient Greece. University of South Carolina Press.
Nanshi Wang (2006). Dialectics and Practical Wisdom. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 1 (2):245-253.
Leslie Paul Thiele (2006). The Heart of Judgment: Practical Wisdom, Neuroscience, and Narrative. Cambridge University Press.
Wendelin M. Küpers (2007). Phenomenology and Integral Pheno-Practice of Wisdom in Leadership and Organization. Social Epistemology 21 (2):169 – 193.
Robert Kane (2010). Ethics and the Quest for Wisdom. Cambridge University Press.
C. D. C. Reeve (2012). Action, Contemplation, and Happiness: An Essay on Aristotle. Harvard University Press.
Valerie Tiberius & Jason Swartwood (2011). Wisdom Revisited: A Case Study in Normative Theorizing. Philosophical Explorations 14 (3):277-295.
Yves René Marie Simon (1991). Practical Knowledge. Fordham University Press.
Added to index2010-09-02
Total downloads5 ( #325,660 of 1,696,578 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #184,517 of 1,696,578 )
How can I increase my downloads?