This essay outlines a view of practical wisdom drawing on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. In it, I discuss the presuppositions of practical wisdom, namely the ordering to the end of true human happiness. Next, the focus shifts to the “parts” or elements of practical wisdom in order to highlight the intellectual aspects of practical wisdom as a cognitive perfection. Finally, the essay addresses prudence as practical, the actual carrying out of the right deed, at the right time and in the right way. Here, the conclusion of the essay considers the findings of contemporary science in the search for remedies for weakness of will.
Kaczor, Christopher. “The Parts of Prudence and Scientific Solutions for Weakness of Will.” Diametros, no. 38 (December 1, 2013): 128–33. https://doi.org/10.13153/diam.38.2013.541.