Chapter

Phronēsis

C. D. C. REEVE

in Practices of Reason

Published in print April 1995 | ISBN: 9780198235651
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679094 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198235651.003.0003
Phronēsis

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In Book VI of the Ethics, Aristotle tries to explain the precise nature of phronēsis by locating it in a complex conceptual network consisting of perception, scientific-knowledge, craft-knowledge (technhronēsis), politics, deliberation (bouleusis), decision (proairesis), nous, the virtues of character, wisdom (Sophia), and other less prominent psychological capacities, such as cleverness (deinotēs), comprehension (sunesis), and natural virtue (phusikē aretē). This chapter explores this network in eight stages (§§ 11–18) beginning with the involvement of phronēsis with a sort of perception and ending with its involvement with wisdom. Chapter 1 focused on knowledge of ethical universals. The present chapter considers the ways in which we utilize that knowledge in particular situations in order to best promote eudaimonia.

Keywords: Aristotle; Nicomachean Ethics; phronēsis; perception; wisdom; eudaimonia

Chapter.  13442 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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