Appreciating practice wisdom

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This chapter opens the discussion in this book by exploring the merger of practice and wisdom into three inter-related constructs: wise practice, practice wisdom and practising wisely. The deliberate reversal of the nouns and adjectives in the first two of these terms expresses the respective value placed on both practice and wisdom;further, it denotes an appreciation of practice that is wise beyond both technical expertise and the objective and efficient performance of accountable practice, and it is an appreciation of wisdom that is grounded and realised in practice. The third term draws into the discussion the rich and broad arena of the verb, of practising wisely as doing, knowing, being and becoming (Higgs, 1999) as a phenomenon of appreciation, interpretation and enactment of wisdom in comparison to the nouns practice and wisdom, being about these two. The focus of this chapter is on practice wisdom, meaning broadly wisdom associated with practice (particularly professional practice) which encompasses but extends beyond Aristotle’s practical/ethical wisdom or phrónêsis (discussed further in subsequent chapters).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPractice wisdom
Subtitle of host publicationValues and interpretations
EditorsJoy Higgs
Place of PublicationRotterdam, The Netherlands
PublisherBrill | Sense
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789004410497
ISBN (Print)9789004410473 , 9789004410480
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

Publication series

NamePractice Futures
PublisherBrill Sense


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