Intellectual Virtues- Analysis

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  • Intellectual Virtues= Analysis
    • NINE virtues. FIVE main (primary) and FOUR secondary.
    • Primary Virtues (have to be taught)
      • Practical Skill (artistic or technical)
        • Knowing how to bring something into existence. Building a house, construction of a bridge. Context= Ancient Greek architecture had to function but also be aesthetically pleasing.
      • Theoretical/ Scientific Knowledge
        • Knowing the facts of the universe and what governs them= biology, astronomy, geography
      • Prudence/ Practical Wisdom PHRONESIS
        • One of the most important virtues because it helps us balance/prioritise our interests with those of others too. This should act as the foundation to all other virtues and the decisions we make.
      • Intuition/ Intelligence
        • Needed to understand the virtues and apply them.
      • Wisdom (Sophia)
        • Finished form of all the virtues. It's typically the last of all and tells us that wisdom is cultivated through a long life with experiences and lessons learned. Collation of a life of living all the virtues.
    • Secondary Intellectual Virtues (DAILY)
      • Resourcefulness
        • Getting all the facts first in order to make an informed decision. This is an aspect of phronesis/practical wisdom.
      • Understanding/ Emotional Intelligence
        • Knowing beyond external facts. Acknowledgment of perplexities of a situation. Not just outside appearances.
      • Judgement
        • Involves taking into account what serves the most justice for all in the community.
      • Cleverness
        • Connected to all other virtues. This will help you cultivate/ exercise them all.


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