Between the Covers on 01/06/11
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Kenneth Sharpe, co-author with Barry Schwartz of "Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing." In the book, Schwartz and Sharpe make a reasoned appeal for wisdom in a world gone mad with ineffectual rules and rampant bureaucracy: from doctors too bogged down with insurance paperwork and quotas to give patients the time they deserve, to teachers too focused on standardized tests to ensure that their students are really learning.
Kenneth Sharpe has been teaching political philosophy (aka political theory) at Swarthmore College since the early 1970s. He has authored five books and completed research on how institutions and organizations--corporations, NGOs, government agencies--work. Kenneth has taught and led public lectures on practical wisdom in the workplace, professional ethics, learning in organizations, social policy and U.S. foreign policy. His most recent book is Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing (Penguin/Riverhead 2010) co-authored with Barry Schwartz.