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Session 4
Performance Virtue and Phronesis

Pursuing success

Performance virtues are traits that have an instrumental value in enabling intellectual, moral and civic virtues. 

During your training it is likely that performance virtues became familiar to you, as you encourage students to be resilient, determined, motivated and to persevere with their academic curriculum. These are some of the more common virtues that we try to inculcate in order to help students be successful.

It is important to remember that these traits are also important when thinking about the use of other virtues and how these are used through our lives or the lives of others. 

Performance virtues must be grounded in moral virtue

Performance virtues must be grounded in moral virtue. There are members of society who have strong performance virtues, but low moral virtue. It is possible that this leads to anti-social behaviour, such as criminality. You may have criminals that are very successful, but obviously lacking in morality.