Practical Wisdom : The Right Way to Do the Right Thing

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/1/2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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A reasoned and urgent call to embrace and protect the essential human quality that has been drummed out of our lives: wisdom. In their provocative new book, Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe explore the insights essential to leading satisfying lives. Encouraging individuals to focus on their own personal intelligence and integrity rather than simply navigating the rules and incentives established by others, Practical Wisdomoutlines how to identify and cultivate our own innate wisdom in our daily lives.

Table of Contents

What Wisdom Is and Why We Need It
Introduction: The Need for Wisdomp. 3
What Wisdom Is: The Janitor and the Judgep. 13
Balancing Acts: Why Wisdom Is Practicalp. 27
The Machinery of Wisdom
Born to Be Wisep. 51
Thinking with Feeling: The Value of Empathyp. 69
Learning from Experience: The Machinery of Wisdomp. 81
The War on Wisdom
Ruling Out Wisdom: When Judges Stop Judging and Doctors Stop Prescribingp. 113
Eroding the Empathy to Be Wisep. 129
Right by Rote: Overstandardization and the Rise of the Canny Outlawp. 155
The War on Willp. 177
Demoralizing Institutionsp. 197
Sources of Hope
System Changersp. 233
Wisdom and Happinessp. 274
Acknowledgmentsp. 289
Notesp. 291
Indexp. 317
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