The aim of this paper is to provide such an in-depth account of practical wisdom that attempts to make sense of what it means to act virtuously. My focus will be two-fold: First, I will be arguing that a creatively constructed self-narrative, and the manner in which it guides an individual’s life can be used as an overarching guide to understand what practical wisdom consist in. And second, I will attempt to show that through such an analysis of different components of practical wisdom, we can also make sense of how one might actively strive to develop practical wisdom. In this way, my aim is to build gentle bridges by providing a rigorous philosophical basis for a psychology of virtues, and to contribute to the development of practical measures that might facilitate more virtuous individuals and societies.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2007
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