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A synesis mint politikai fogalom Aristotelésnél
The Sunesis (comprehension) as Political Concept According to Aristotle

Author(s): Attila Simon
Subject(s): Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Ancient World, Greek Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: sunesis; comprehension; practical wisdom; politics; legislation; deliberation;

Summary/Abstract: According to Book 6 of the Nicomachean Ethics, the primary task of phronēsis (practical wisdom) is to deliberate about the things that are good in general for each person. However, phronēsis concerns not only individuals but also the community: practical wisdom is a political virtue as well. In my paper, I argue that the intellectual excellence called sunesis (comprehension) by Aristotle opens up the social dimension of practical wisdom, and thus provides an important means for the political application of phronēsis (EN 6. 1142b34−1143a32). To support my argument I interpret two further passages where sunesis appears in a clearly political context: in relation to legislation (EN 10. 1181a18) and to political deliberation (Pol. 4. 1291a28).

  • Issue Year: 59/2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 145-163
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Hungarian