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A good read with a lot of thought provoking ideas ... recommended. I found it useful both for my academic studies (philosophy) where the subject of practical wisdom is underdeveloped and personally in reflecting on particular situations I've encountered. Good use of case studies brings to life what practical wisdom is in everyday life.

The approach taken here...
Published on 1 May 2011 by Dan Firth

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A thin philosophy which could have been written in half the pages. The premise and the TED talk were excellent but I thought the book pedestrian.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is good - you may also want to read ..., 1 May 2011
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A good read with a lot of thought provoking ideas ... recommended. I found it useful both for my academic studies (philosophy) where the subject of practical wisdom is underdeveloped and personally in reflecting on particular situations I've encountered. Good use of case studies brings to life what practical wisdom is in everyday life.

The approach taken here has its roots in philosophy and links this to current psychology. I've posted for readers who are interested in the stifling affect of bureaucratisation and too many rules as I've also recently read Ritzer's book on the McDonaldization of society (link below) which gives a sociological perspective on rules / institutions which has many parallels to the one put forward here. Ritzer's approach is based on Weber's work on the 'iron cage' of rationality, in which attempting to be more and more rational leads us to to things that are irrational. Weber identifies 4 aspects to how the `rational society' or formal rationality seeks to approach things. These are the pursuit of increased:
Efficiency
Predictability
Calculability
Control

The McDonaldization of Society 6

I think there is something interesting to go at here in terms of linking thoughts on how what the current authors describe as 'canny outlaws' can (as individuals) do to change things, and to whether this is sufficient to let us escape the 'iron cage' of rationality, which as a society we seem determined to pursue. Put another way there is a tension between what we are as individuals 'wired' to develop and exercise practical wisdom, and the organisational search for more rules and procedures that take away the possibility of individual judgement in the pursuit of efficiency.

See also Thiele's 'Heart of Judgement' for more on practical wisdom - similar approach to the one taken here linking philosophy and psychology ..... less use of case studies and correspondingly more theory.

The Heart of Judgment: Practical Wisdom, Neuroscience, and Narrative
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and thought-provoking, 31 Mar 2013
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This is a book that pulls together and consolidates a wide range of research and study to shine a light into a philosophical approach to everyday life and work that can provide coherence in the search for meaningful existence within the context of contemporary living. It particularly confronts the challenges where there is conflict in our lives between how we work and our own values and how to reconsider where we are happiest and most comfortable. It demonstrates some less useful processes and structures that have grown around organisational education, justice, care and the potential for work (dis)satisfaction. It explores learning, and how to find a way to make meaningful decisions within the kind of damaged or damaging organisational structures that exist where most of us work. Through concrete and practical examples it offers alternatives to where sight has been lost of the true nature of the objectives of a business or a service, where they have become diverted from their more principled aims by poor practice, through badly thought out or short sighted incentivisations.

It identifies problems, and offers solutions, to some of the most central issues that pertain to human happiness.

I'd thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and insightful, 15 Feb 2011
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This book is excellent - It's a wake up call to society to stop hiding behind big bureaucracy and to start operating with authenticity in a grown up, trusting society.

Schwartz documents why teachers can't teach, GPs can't care and how and why we've got this position. Using Aristotle's definition of practical wisdom, he provides a compelling, through provoking narrative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight, 30 April 2013
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A thin philosophy which could have been written in half the pages. The premise and the TED talk were excellent but I thought the book pedestrian.
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