File under: Things that I felt should exist.
Phronetic social science is an approach to the study of social – including political and economic – phenomena based on a contemporary interpretation of the Aristotelian concept phronesis, variously translated as practical judgment, common sense, or prudence.
But the definition isn’t as interesting as this:
Researchers ask and answer the following four value-rational questions for specific instances of social action:
- Where are we going?
- Is this development desirable?
- Who gains and who loses, and by which mechanisms of power?
- What, if anything, should we do about it?