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Aristotle on Deliberative Phantasia: Some Thoughts on the Psychological Basis of Practical Wisdom (phronêsis)

  • Jakob Fink - Copenhagen
Thursday 8 March 2018
Past events 2018
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden

The Institute for Philosophy is pleased to announce a lecture by

Jakob Fink


In this presentation of my recent research, I will discuss parts of Aristotle's De anima III, 10-11 as a basis for understanding Aristotle's account of phronêsis in Nicomachean Ethics VI, 5. I want to suggest, and investigate, a rather surprising and potentially problematic relation between our  sense of touch, the most primitive of the five senses, and our notion of value or "the good" (to agathon).


Jakob Fink, PhD in 2009 from the University of Copenhagen, has held a number of postdoc-positions and is currently employed by the University of Gothenburg in the project Representation and Reality in the Aristotelian Tradition, a project comprising around ten scholars and devoted to the reception of Aristotle's Parva Naturalia. His main publications include (as editor and contributor): The Develeopment of Dialectic from Plato to Aristotle, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012; Logic and Language in the Middle Ages: A Volume in Honour of Sten Ebbesen (with H. Hansen and A.-M. Mora Marquez), Leiden: Brill, 2013; Suárez on Aristotelian Causality, Leiden: Brill, 2015. His current research focuses on Aristotle's Ethics and its reception among Ancient Greek and Medieval Latin commentators.

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