Vol. 38 No. 2 (2018): Virtue Ethics

The moral judgment. Phronesis and moral complexity

Published 2018-12-18


  • Ethical competence,
  • heterogeneousness of morality,
  • moral judgment,
  • phronesis

How to Cite

The moral judgment. Phronesis and moral complexity. (2018). Teoria. Rivista Di Filosofia, 38(2), 81-100. https://doi.org/10.4454/teoria.v38i2.47


An invaluable resource for correcting the limits of deontological and consequentialist theories, is given by the Aristotelian idea of φÏόνησις (phronesis) or moral judgement, because it helps to free moral decision from standard rules and principles and to give contextual justification. It is a very important intuition that, however, has to be re-thought in the light of pluralism and heterogeneousness and complexity of morality. Therefore, I propose a theory of the moral decision able to see the judgement as the expression of a plurality of factors that our moral imagination organizes and composes. In this sense, it is possible to intend the moral judgement as as an expression of ethical competence.