Barry Schwartz’s Urgent Call For Practical Wisdom

I love how he sums up Aristotle’s notion of practical wisdom, to paraphrase, “practical wisdom is about having a moral will and a moral skill”. The entire talk is a great defense of wisdom, the skill of moral judgment, against cultural overemphases on bureaucratic reliance on rules at the expense of all thinking:

Schwartz’s books are The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, The Battle for Human Nature: Science, Morality and Modern Life, The Costs of Living, and his audio book on the topic at hand, Practical Wisdom.

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