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  • Previously we’ve discussed that for Aristotle, living the good life means achieving a state of eudaimonia, or internal excellence, which is both hard to achieve and hard to lose once achieved. The good life consists of two types of excellence: character excellence, and intellectual excellence. What exactly is intellectual excellence, then? It’s phronesis, or rather, practical wisdom. If character excellence is what makes the goal correct, practical wisdom makes what leads to it correct. Practical wisdom, when combined correctly with character excellence, shows us the proper way to achieve our goals. Let’s look at a non-moral example to make this all a […]

    What is the Good Life (part 3): 3 Reasons Practical Wisdom Matters

    Previously we’ve discussed that for Aristotle, living the good life means achieving a state of eudaimonia, or internal excellence, which is both hard to achieve and hard to lose once achieved. The good life consists of two types of excellence: character excellence, and intellectual excellence. What exactly is intellectual excellence, then? It’s phronesis, or rather, practical wisdom. If character excellence is what makes the goal correct, practical wisdom makes what leads to it correct. Practical wisdom, when combined correctly with character excellence, shows us the proper way to achieve our goals. Let’s look at a non-moral example to make this all a […]

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