Prohairesis as a possible instance of metaphysical implication in Aristotle's ethics

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Abstract

Ancient and medieval interpreters of Aristotle regarded his ethics and metaphysics as somehow connected. This nexus has been strictly denied by contemporary scholars. A deepened analysis of the core of human action, could help us to recover, under a new perspective, the conviction of the Ancients. This core is prohairesis ("something chosen before other things"). Prohairesis discloses a proper mark (idion) of man: man is that sort of being which acts for the sake of something. In so doing he is a cause. Therefore, considering prohairesis has much to do with considering how man is inserted in the order of the causes, that is to ask about the place he takes in reality as a whole.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteTradition as the Future of Innovation
EditorELISA GRIMI
Pagine25-44
Numero di pagine20
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2015

Keywords

  • Aristotelian ethics
  • Aristotelian metaphysics
  • action
  • desire
  • eudaimonia
  • order of causes
  • purposive choice

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