prudence

<philosophical terminology> practical wisdom; sound judgment in everyday life as distinguished from theoretical wisdom. According to Aristotle, this ability to discover and carry out the proper goals of human life is a vital element in moral deliberation. Recommended Reading: Daniel Mark Nelson, The Priority of Prudence: Virtue and Natural Law in Thomas Aquinas and the Implications for Modern Ethics (Penn. State, 1992) and Douglas J. Den Uyl, The Virtue of Prudence (Peter Lang, 1991).

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