Att förstå mänsklig handling. Natur, handlingsbegrepp, och värde i den västerländska filosofiska traditionen.
Person photo Dr Robert Callergård
Theoretical Philosophy (Department of Philosophy)

Funding source: Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)
Period: 1/1/08 - 12/31/12
Funding: 15850000 SEK
Our understanding of agency defines how we view ourselves and others. What does it mean to act rationally? To act for a reason? To cause an action oneself, and to be determined by circumstances? What makes an action good or right? What role does moral character play in evaluating actions? Are common intuitions about reasons, deliberation, ends and responsibility at all compatible with contemporary scientific explanations? The problems and conceptions regarding agency encountered in current scientific, moral and political debates are to a large extent shaped by past philosophical discussions. Studying these discussions enables us to critically analyse and reflect on notions and intuitions that we now take for granted. This program unites researchers from various areas of theoretical and practical philosophy to investigate the philosophical problems related to the notions of action and human agency in all their different aspects and against their historical background from Antiquity to the early modern period. The focus is on hitherto unexplored interactions between Greek, Arabic and Latin philosophical traditions. The aim is to analyse the reception of this legacy in renaissance and early modern debates on action and its adaptation to the ideal of the new mechanistic science of nature, and also to investigate its repercussions in the most influential early modern and modern philosophical theories of causality and freedom, of action and their status in the scientific worldview.
Researchers (3)
Partner Org. (3)
Research fields (1)
Dr Gösta Grönroos
Prof Dugald Murdoch
Dr Charlotta Weigelt