Reading Report #1: The Philosophy and Application of Prudence
Douglas J. Den Uyl, The Virtue of Prudence, New York, Peter Lang, 1991: pp. 1-83.
The Douglas Den Uyl reading seeks to clarify the author’s position regarding the defining features of prudence, and to clearly differentiate it from other virtues that can be mistaken for prudence. Den Uyl’s definition of prudence draws on Aristotle’s interpretation, which Aristotle himself referred to as ‘practical wisdom’. The concept of practical wisdom is defined as ‘intellectual excellence directed to practical action with the purpose of achieving self-perfection, or the eudemonic life’. (p83) Therefore, to confirm that prudence is being exercised, one must be able to ascertain whether the end being sought by the actor is achieved and ask how this….