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The Heart of Judgment explores the nature, historical significance, and continuing relevance of practical wisdom. Primarily a work in moral and political thought, it also relies extensively on research in cognitive neuroscience to confirm and extend our understanding of the faculty of judgment. Ever since the ancient Greeks first discussed practical wisdom, the faculty of judgment has been an important topic for philosophers and political theorists. It remains one of the virtues most demanded of our public officials. The greater the liberties and responsibilities accorded to citizens in democratic regimes, the more the health and welfare of society rest upon their exercise of good judgment. While giving full credit to the roles played by reason and deliberation in good judgment, the book underlines the central importance of intuition, emotion, and worldly experience.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521864442
ISBN-10: 0521864445
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 334
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Leslie Paul Thiele

Leslie Paul Thiele is Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science and Research Council of Canada, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Ford Foundation, he is the author of Friedrich Nietzsche and the Politics of the Soul, Timely Meditations: Martin Heidegger and Postmodern Politics, and Thinking Politics, 2nd Edition. He was selected as a University of Florida Reserach Foundation Professor (1997-2000) and was nominated for the Teacher/Scholar of the Year Award in 1997.

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