This essay explores the concept of phronesis in two contexts: phronesis as a virtue, in fact a meta-virtue because it guides the exercise of other virtues; and phronesis as an element in theories of practice. I argue that these two aspects are closely related, because ethics – especially virtue ethics – is best understood as a kind of practice. The second part of the essay explores some of the consequences of thinking about ethics in this way.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-137
Number of pages12
JournalEthics and Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2019


  • Phronesis
  • practice
  • virtue ethics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Philosophy


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