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Beyond fisheries management: The Phronetic dimension


  • Jentoft, Svein


This paper has two main sources of inspiration. Firstly, building on Flyvbjerg's "Making Social Science Matter"[Flyvbjerg B. Making social science matter: why social inquiry fails and how it can succeed again. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2003], I argue that the contribution of the social sciences to fisheries resource management must essentially be "phronetic" (after Aristotle's phronesis, i.e. practical wisdom), in contrast to the "scientific" (Aristotle: episteme) contribution of the natural sciences. Secondly, inspired by the recent publication "Fish for Life: Interactive Governance for Fisheries" [Kooiman J, Jentoft S, Pullin R, Bavinck M, editors. Fish for life: interactive governance for fisheries. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press; 2005], I hold that phronesis is basically what the notion of governance adds to management. Governance is the broader concept, inviting a more reflexive, deliberative and value-rational methodology than the instrumental, means-end oriented management concept. I claim that for interdisciplinarity to work in fisheries it is essential to recognize the fundamental methodological differences that exist between the social and natural sciences.

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  • Jentoft, Svein, 2006. "Beyond fisheries management: The Phronetic dimension," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 30(6), pages 671-680, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:30:y:2006:i:6:p:671-680

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