Since antiquity, philosophers in the Western tradition of virtue ethics have declared practical wisdom to be the central virtue of citizens involved in public and social life. Practical wisdom is of particular importance when values are conflicting, power is unequal and knowledge uncertain. We propose that practical wisdom and virtue ethics can inform the practice of sustainability researchers by strengthening their capacity to engage with the normative complexities of knowledge co-production when aspiring to contribute to transformative change.
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G.C. wants to thank C. Hu and E. Mermans for the numerous conversations that contributed to shaping the ideas in this Perspective. S.P.W. was funded by a Mobility Starting Grant (2017-01631) from The Swedish Research Council Formas.
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Caniglia, G., Freeth, R., Luederitz, C. et al. Practical wisdom and virtue ethics for knowledge co-production in sustainability science. Nat Sustain (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-022-01040-1