- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
In this thoughtful consideration of an Aristotelian ideal, Schwartz and Sharpe delve deeply into what it means to practice wisdom. What makes this an engrossing (and socially significant) read is not the nod to the ancient Greeks but, rather, the numerous examples of people in all facets of American life who seek wisdom in their professional and personal choices. The authors consider how mandatory sentencing has removed the element of judgment from a judge’s position, citing a heartbreaking example. As they further make the case for empathy and patience, they delve into health care, education, and the groundbreaking work being conducted in the extraordinarily successful Veterans Court in Buffalo. Repeatedly, by example, they stress the necessity of a human approach, without politics, to the issues of how we live and interact with each other. And through all of this, Schwartz and Sharpe demonstrate how relevant Aristotle is today. As surprising as it is convincing, this thoughtful work will long stay with readers, as will the many people who are profiled on its pages. --Colleen Mondor
Barry Schwartz is the author of the acclaimed bestseller The Paradox of Choice, which was among the BusinessWeek, Forbes, and Strategy + Business Top Ten Books of the Year. A frequent lecturer, he is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College, specializing in psychology and economics.
Kenneth Sharpe is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College. He teaches political philosophy, ethics, and political economy.
It's an easy book, with some basic, usable ideas about wisdom - which isn't discussed or defined though! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leon Lerborg
I would like something more practical as the title, I felt it far away from what someone would expect. I would recommend religion for atheist by Alain de Bottom.Published 14 months ago by Raúl Bernardo Rodas
This book is an examination of the idea that it is increasingly difficult in many occupations to make your own judgment about what is the best way to handle things, often to the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Troy Blackford
Practical Wisdom accomplishes something very subtle that many of the reviewers on here seem to have missed. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Theodore M. Horesh
In looking over the other 46 reviews, I see the following themes: (1) good stuff, but also done elsewhere; and (2) not as effectively written as readers of the author's previous... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bert D. Dulong
(Audio edition) Some have criticized this book as too loaded with facts, and as having a turgid and repetitive style. Read morePublished 20 months ago by From Elder
I recommend this book to all that love to read and grow in wisdom; outstanding and very much needed for our country, the great USAPublished 22 months ago by Valerie Jones
I am greatly enjoying this book. It was a required text for a class in college - and I think everyone should read it!Published 23 months ago by Patrick McGough