Aristotle's term for the practical, prudent wisdom of the commonsensical person. It is the wisdom that
guides you to make good life choices.
As opposed to sophia, which is wisdom about universal truths — a combination of nous and episteme.
1. According to Aristotle: "Whereas young people become accomplished in geometry and mathematics, and wise within these limits, prudent young people do not seem to be found. The reason is that prudence is concerned with particulars as well as universals, and particulars become known from experience, but a young person lacks experience, since some length of time is needed to produce it."
(Nicomachean Ethics 1142 a)
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