Share this book:. Rate this book. Like muckraking journalists one hundred years ago, Schwartz and Sharpe expose our culture's current failures to promote "practical wisdom" in the people and institutions where it's needed most.
Although focusing on law, medicine, education, and finance, their writing and insights make clear we all both need and suffer--literally, suffer--from a lack of practical wisdom in our lives. But my summary makes the book sound darker and even more depressing than it is! It is also clear, practical, inspiring, and above all, hopeful.
I recommend and urge this book to others. In its exten This virtue is rooted in how we know what the right choice or decision is in a particular situation.
Wisdom is not a universal, as Plato believed, but lies in the context of particular circumstances. The emphasis is then, not on learning a set of rules and following them perfectly, but on developing character traits such as loyalty, self-control, courage, fairness, generosity, gentleness, friendliness, truthfulness, perseverance, integrity, open-mindedness, thoroughness and kindness.
To be a prudent practitioner of wisdom requires having a clear goal in mind, what Aristotle called telos. One requires both skill and will.
To deliberate is not only to weigh the pros and cons which may be possible if there is sufficient time , it is also about story telling or narrative. So, too, is the ability to use analogies and metaphors to draw on our past experiences that were something like the current situation.
Emotion is also important to practical wisdom as a signal that something important, morally important, is happening. Emotion cannot be removed from decision making see Damasio or Nussbaum for more on this.
Barry Schwartz: Using our practical wisdom
People learn to how to be brave , said Aristotle, by doing brave things. So, too, with honesty, justice, loyalty, caring, listening, and counseling.
The book contains examples from law, medicine and education. Scripted curricula are ways of preparing students for tests, not educating them for the real world.
Similar examples abound in medicine and health care. The establishment of rules or requirements or guidelines for the professions is the introduction of corporate thinking or Taylorism. It is further assumed that assessment is best left to the planners.
Online stores:. Copy in the library:. Reviews see all gillz. This book has a very important message but could have been better conveyed in fewer pages.
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