Practical wisdom

Aristotle wrote “Some people who do not possess theoretical knowledge are more effective in action (especially if they are experienced) than others who do possess it.”

Aristotle was referring, in his Nicomachean Ethics, to an attribute called practical wisdom – a quality that many modern engineers have – but our western intellectual tradition has completely lost sight of. Consequently we do not recognise it, nurture it and we even denigrate it as compared to academic abilities.

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