Practical Wisdom

John Casey

in Pagan Virtue

Published in print October 1991 | ISBN: 9780198240037
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680069 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Practical Wisdom

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This chapter suggests practical wisdom informs, and is the outcome of, other virtues. Following Aristotle the chapter suggests that practical wisdom is especially connected with temperance. The man of practical wisdom will, in some circumstances, be someone who knows how to take great risks. In other words, practical wisdom may often be the outcome of courage or ambition more than of temperance. The chapter does not refer just to cases where liberality is unexpectedly rewarded but also to those where motives of liberality and friendship help one to see what is to be done and what ought to be done. It is part of practical wisdom to know what is the correct moral principle to bring to bear upon a situation. Furthermore, an intellectual boldness or imaginativeness may be what is required to see and do the right thing.

Keywords: practical wisdom; temperance; courage; ambition; liberality; intellectual boldness; imaginativeness

Chapter.  12084 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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