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Collective Phronesis. A survey of collectivity, decision making and professional considerations in the welfare professions in Sweden and Germany

The project examines whether, and if so how, Phronesis (Practical Wisdom) could be understood as a collective capability, and if so, in what way this knowledge is expressed and understood. The project combines philosophical investigations of the concept of "collective phronesis" with a study of how professionals in the education system and the police force in Sweden and Germany – understand and relate to this very concept.

The project consists of three subprojects and a joint collection of empirical data through  ethnographic and qualitative methods. Subproject 1 will study collective phronesis from the point of view of existential philosophy and examine in what way a professional judgement or action could be understood as an expression of collectivity. Study 2 takes departure in the phenomenological
tradition and ask for different experiences of collectivity. Project 3 is a PhD project that will examine the actual appearances of collective phronesis from within one of the professional fields.


The project's contribution to the research is twofold: On the one hand, it will map and conceptualize concrete practical problems in several professional fields and develop methods for doing this. These findings can then be used both in an educational context and research contexts. On the other hand, the project will make a contribution to epistemology and professional research in general.




Project Manager

Jonna Lappalainen
Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor
School of Culture and Education

People linked to the project

Anna-Mia Bergkvist
Doctoral Student
School of Culture and Education

Eva Schwarz
Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor
School of Culture and Education

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Project start: 2017
Project end: 2020

Financier: Östersjöstiftelsen

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe: No

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