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Title: Aristotle and Ricœur on Practical Reason
Authors: Marcelo, Gonçalo 
Keywords: Aristotle; phronesis; practical reason; Ricoeur
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Universidade de Coimbra - Faculdade de Letras
Project: SFRH/BPD/102949/2014 
Serial title, monograph or event: Humanitas
Issue: 76
Abstract: This paper analyzes the Aristotelian notion of phronesis, such as it appears in Book VI of the Nicomachean Ethics, detailing what sort of model to grasp practical reason it entails: a practical wisdom. Setting it against the backdrop of a reflection on the prevalent uses and meanings of reason today, and the consequences these views have for a depiction of selfhood and human action, the paper shows how, amid the contemporary revival of Aristotelian practical philosophy, Paul Ricoeur updates this phronetic model in Oneself as Another. The paper discusses the implications of such a thick account of selfhood and human action, such as it being a potential key to overcome some difficulties caused by Kantian moral philosophy, while it also calls, with and beyond Ricoeur, for a refinement of the phronetic model by taking into account not only its thick intersubjective grounding but also the limits to rationality and the need to take the plurality of life forms that can count as being examples of a ‘life worth living’ (a good life).
ISSN: 2183-1718
DOI: 10.14195/2183-1718_76_8
Rights: openAccess
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