Promêtheia as Rational Agency in Plato

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Abstract

The Greeks knew a virtue term that represented the ability to determine which norms deserved commitment, a virtue term usually misunderstood as "prediction of likely outcomes"or "being hesitant": promêtheia. Plato's uses of this term, almost completely ignored by scholarship, show a sensitivity to the prerequisites for the capacity for rational agency. We must add this virtue term to the usual suspects related to acting as a rational agent: sôphrosunê, dikaiosunê, phrônesis, and sophia. Promêtheia stands out for its importancein times of ignorance of the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-107
Number of pages19
JournalApeiron
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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