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Neutrality or Phronetic Skills: A Paradox in the Praxis of Citizen Dialogues Organized by Municipal Administration
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1841-3922
2017 (English)In: Social Pedagogy, ISSN 1642-672X, Vol. 3, no 65, p. 51-66Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Citizen dialogues (medborgardialoger) are in Sweden normally organized by officials (or consultants) working in the municipal administration. Such dialogues are in Sweden developed by the authorities with starting point in legislated counseling meetings in city planning processes and developed as a way to deepen or resurrect the democratic system. In this article I will contrast this state of affairs with what is less spoken of, and less valued, in modern bureaucracy: phronetic knowledge (Aristotle). Phronesis points toward the capacity to deal with specific situations in their specific context, situations where rules and general knowledge does not help us all the way, but where a  personal judgement is needed. The tension between phronesis and ideals of neutrality is present in city planning and political philosophy, which are exemplified by the thoughts of Paul and Linda Davidoff, Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber, Chantal Mouffe or Hannah Arendt.

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2017. Vol. 3, no 65, p. 51-66
Keywords [en]
Practical knowledge, citizen dialogues, phronesis, modern bureaucracy, Hannah Arendt, Aristotle, Max Webe
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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Critical and Cultural Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37191OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-37191DiVA, id: diva2:1276521
Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-01-08Bibliographically approved

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