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[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / j. Unity of virtue]

Full Idea

We need phronesis (practical wisdom) to coordinate the various virtues into a single line of action or line of thought leading up to an act or to a belief.

Gist of Idea

We need phronesis to coordinate our virtues


Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski (Virtues of the Mind [1996], II 5.2)

Book Reference

Zagzebski,Linda: 'Virtues of the Mind' [CUP 1996], p.224

A Reaction

If I have a conflicting virtue and vice in a single situation, something must make sure that the virtue dominates. That sounds more like Kant's 'good will' than like phronesis.