Virtue Epistemology as Apologetic: Phronesis and the Virtue of Seeing Truth
Who am I? Why am I here? Few questions have plagued humanity as these. But all humans, whether intentionally or unintentionally, strive after God. As G.K. Chesterton once said, "Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel, is looking God." The challenge as Christian apologists is to cut thru the unbeliever's misguided cleverness and help them gain phronesis---a word which for Aristotle, involves right actions, principles and even emotions. Often translated as 'prudence', Todd Bates explains how the idea of phronesis suggests that one's ultimate end, or desire, will frame their ability to fully see the truths surrounding them. For even those who do not know Christ, know and strive for the true things of this world.
This lecture is from the 2011 National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society on the theme, “No Other Name.” The conference featured plenary speakers: Darrell Bock, Tim Tennant, and Kelly Kapic.