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Phronesis and Free Decision

(Original title: Fronésis a svobodné rozhodnutí)
Filozofia, 2016, vol. 71, No 5, pp. 389-400.
Language: Czech
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The article deals with the topic of free decision in Aristotleʼs moral psychology. First, Aristotleʼs conception of psychological powers as a whole is outlined followed by a more detailed examination of his understanding of phronesis. Scrutinized is also the question to what extent the freedom of action is allowed for by Aristotleʼs practical reason. In order to answer this question Aristotleʼs analyses of decision making (including considering, the central decision as well as its hidden moving reasons) is reconstructed. In conclusion, the concept reconstructed in terms of Nicomachean Ethics is incorporated in a wider context of human action – all that in opposition to McIntyreʼs exclusivist interpretation.


Alasdair McIntyre, Aristotleʼs moral psychology, Free decision, Isaiah Berlin, Nicomachean Ethics, Phronesis, Proairesis, Rhetoric

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