What does the word ‘phronesis’ mean?

The word phronesis is a Greek word that plays a central role in Greek philosophical ethics, notably in the works of Aristotle. The dictionary definition lists the primary senses as ‘purpose’ and ‘intention’, then ‘thought’, ‘judgement’ and ‘sense’, but it is with Aristotle that all these senses come together in the way he uses this word to name prudence in government or business affairs, in short, it becomes his technical term of art for practical wisdom, the virtue required of ...

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