Aristotle, Foucault and Progressive Phronesis: Outline of an Applied Ethics of Sustainable Development

in Jean Hillier and Patsy Healey, eds., Critical Essays in Planning Theory, vol. 2, Political Economy, Diversity, and Pragmatism. London: Ashgate, 2008, pp. 65-83

13 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2016

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Bent Flyvbjerg

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

With a point of departure in Aristotle's ethics and Michel Foucault's power analytics, this chapter presents the theoretical and methodological considerations behind a research method which the author calls "progressive phronesis." The method focuses on four questions of power and values for specific instances of human action: (1) Where are we going with this action? (2) Who gains and who loses, and by which mechanisms of power? (3) Is this development desirable? (4) What, if anything, should we do about it? – Application of the method is illustrated in relation to sustainable development.

Keywords: Aristotle, Foucault, phronesis, applied ethics, sustainability, sustainable development

Suggested Citation

Flyvbjerg, Bent, Aristotle, Foucault and Progressive Phronesis: Outline of an Applied Ethics of Sustainable Development (2008). in Jean Hillier and Patsy Healey, eds., Critical Essays in Planning Theory, vol. 2, Political Economy, Diversity, and Pragmatism. London: Ashgate, 2008, pp. 65-83. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2717697 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2717697

Bent Flyvbjerg (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

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