Practical judgment, common sense, or prudence

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:

  1. Where are we going?
  2. Is this development desirable?
  3. Who gains and who loses, and by which mechanisms of power?
  4. What, if anything, should we do about it?

Now that seems like something I could get behind. Now, I wonder if my library has Bent Flyvbjerg’s book?

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