Phronesis as Professional Knowledge

Practical Wisdom in the Professions

  • Elizabeth Anne Kinsella
  • Allan Pitman

Part of the Professional Practice and Education: A Diversity of Voices book series (PPAE, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Elizabeth Anne Kinsella, Allan Pitman
    Pages 1-11
  3. Elizabeth Anne Kinsella
    Pages 35-52
  4. Arthur W. Frank
    Pages 53-60
  5. Kathryn Hibbert
    Pages 61-71
  6. Rob Macklin, Gail Whiteford
    Pages 87-100
  7. Farrukh Chishtie
    Pages 101-114
  8. Allan Pitman
    Pages 131-146
  9. Elizabeth Anne Kinsella, Allan Pitman
    Pages 163-172
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 173-177

About this book


Phronesis is the Aristotelian notion of practical wisdom. In this collected series, phronesis is explored as an alternate way of considering professional knowledge. In the present context dominated by technical rationalities and instrumentalist approaches, a re-examination of the concept of phronesis offers a fundamental re-visioning of the educational aims in professional schools and continuing professional education programs. This book originated from a conversation amongst an interdisciplinary group of scholars from education, health, philosophy, and sociology, who share concerns that something of fundamental importance – of moral signi?cance – is missing from the vision of what it means to be a professional. The contributors consider the ways in which phronesis offers a generative possibility for reconsidering the professional knowledge of practitioners. The question at the centre of this inquiry is: “If we take phronesis seriously as an organising framework for professional knowledge, what are the implications for professional education and practice?” A multiplicity of understandings emerge as to what is meant by phronesis and how it might be reinterpreted, understood, applied, and extended in a world radically different to that of the progenitor of the term, Aristotle. For those concerned with professional life this is a conversation not to be missed.


research methodology professional education

Editors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth Anne Kinsella
    • 1
  • Allan Pitman
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of Western OntarioOntarioCanada
  2. 2.The University of Western OntarioOntarioCanada

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