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The concept of episteme in Euripides Hippolytus and in the Dissoi logoi

Grant number: 18/04891-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2018
Effective date (End): October 01, 2019
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Classical Literatures
Principal researcher:Breno Battistin Sebastiani
Grantee:Marina Machado de Oliveira
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):18/13959-8 - The concept of episteme in Euripides' Hippolytus and in the Dissoi logoi, BE.EP.IC

Abstract

Phaedra's suicide in Euripides' Hippolytus is the object of reflection of many researchers mainly due to the great speech in which the queen exposes the reasons of her drastic attitude. In the speech (v. 374-391), Phaedra claims to know what is good for herself, and yet she does not seem capable of acting according to this knowledge (episteme). This research proposal aims to compare the queen's speech with the Dissoi logoi, an anonymous philosophical treatise from the end of the fifth century BC or the beginnings of the fourth century BC, for it would provide an unprecedented comparison with a text contemporary to Euripides and in which there is a chapter entirely based on the concept of episteme. (AU)

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