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5 - Phronesis and Solidarity

Democratic Politics

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 July 2021

Robert Dostal
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Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
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Gadamer saw hermeneutics as heir to the tradition of Aristotelian practical philosophy. The exercise of phronesis, good practical judgment, helps sustain the solidarities upon which democracy depends. Phronesis is distinguished from techne, technical knowledge. Gadamer is critical of technocratic thinking. Phronesis is closely related to ethos. It has communal dimensions such that it invigorates the ethos of the society and makes possible solidarity. The basis for this is friendship. Friendship involves a life together of reciprocal co-perception.

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Print publication year: 2021

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