Practical Wisdom by Kenneth Sharpe & Barry Schwartz

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A reasoned and urgent call to embrace and protect the essential human quality that has been drummed out of our lives: wisdom.

In their provocative new book, Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe explore the insights essential to leading satisfying lives. Encouraging individuals to focus on their own personal intelligence and integrity rather than simply navigating the rules and incentives established by others, Practical Wisdom outlines how to identify and cultivate our own innate wisdom in our daily lives.


About Kenneth Sharpe & Barry Schwartz

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Barry Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. He is the author of several books, including The Battle for Human Nature: Science, Morality and Modern Life and The Costs of Living: How Market Freedom Erodes the Best Things in Life. His articles have appeared in many of the leading journals in his field, including the American Psychologist. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Published December 30, 2010 by Riverhead. 338 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Law & Philosophy, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Most frequently referenced, however, is Aristotle, who sought “phronesis,” which, we are told, is simply “practical wisdom.” The authors support their common-sense prescriptions with lengthy anecdotes of applied intelligence by physicians, teachers, lawyers and health-care workers.

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Is there any other field where so many people read so many books about how to do better, manage better, lead better, sell better, speak better, tan better and turn somersaults better?

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Schwartz (The Paradox of Choice) and Sharpe, both professors at Swarthmore College, explore our increasing distrust of and disenchantment with our institutions—governmental, medical, legal—an alienation shared by professionals such as doctors, lawyers, and teachers and the populations they se...

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In Practical Wisdom, Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe illuminate how to get back in touch with our wisdom: how to identify it, cultivate it, and enact it, and how to make ourselves healthier, wealthier, and wiser.

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