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'Eph' hêmin', determinism and moral responsibility in Aristotle

Grant number: 15/22490-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2016
Effective date (End): March 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - History of Philosophy
Principal researcher:Marco Antônio de Ávila Zingano
Grantee:Dionatan Acosta Tissot
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:15/05317-8 - Theories of causation and human agency in ancient Greek philosophy, AP.TEM


In the aristotelian theory of action, the expression eph' hêmin (up to us), which concerns the capacity of a agent to do or not to do an action, play a central role related to the idea of moral responsibility. The aim of the research to be developed, then, is to clarify the relation between eph'hêmin and moral responsibility faced with a difficulty: a kind of determinism in the human actions (causal or psychological) that seems to result of many passages of the Ethicae and other passages of the Corpus Aristotelicum. In this way, from an exegetical and analytical reading of the Aristotle's work, this resarch seeks dissolve these difficulties and to allocate correctly the notion of eph' hêmin in the general framework of his theory of action and moral responsibility. (AU)