Visiting Scholar

Kenneth Sharpe

Kenneth Sharpe, PhD

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Political Science
Swarthmore College, United States of America

Dates of Visit: February 17 – 18, 2017

Purpose of Visit

During this visit to CHES, he will be exploring “practical wisdom” in the context of medical practices and looking for opportunities to explore, with members of the CHES community, the implications of these ideas for medical education.


Kenneth E. Sharpe is currently an International Visiting Research Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC. He is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College where he teaches political philosophy, practical ethics, Latin American politics, and foreign policy. Professor Sharpe has been a Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College, the University of British Columbia and at the Law School at the University of Colorado. He is co-author, with Professor Barry Schwartz, of Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do The Right Thing (Penguin/Riverhead, 2010). Two of his most recent papers on practical wisdom, part of his “Designing for Wisdom” research project, are these: He is author (with Professor Deborah Cantrell) of “Practicing Practical Wisdom,” 67 Mercer Law Review 331, 2016, and (co-authored with Dr. Margaret Plews-Ogan), “Phronesis in Medical Practice: How doctors can be educated to have the will and the skill needed to do the right thing.”

Professor Sharpe’s previous books include, Drug War Politics: The Price of Denial (University of California Press, 1996), The State and the Transnational Corporations: The Political Economy of the Mexican Auto Industry (Princeton, 1985), and Peasant Politics: Struggle in a Dominican Village (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977). He has also published articles in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Nation, Foreign Policy Magazine and The American Prospect.