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Aristote et la puissance des contraires comme critère de distinction de l'agir

Abstract : From the Aristotelian conception of rational potency as "potency to contraries" (Topiques, Métaphysique Θ), this intervention proposes to clarify a presupposition which we do not seem to be able to ignore in order to give right to the conception of the subject as an agent, that is to say considered specifically as having and exercising a causal power of initiative. Indeed, Aristotle characterizes the potency to contraries by its positivity and ambivalence (Lefebvre, 2018). As such, the agent's capacity for self-determination would be based on a primary indeterminacy : to do and / or not to do. Therefore, the question arises whether the agent is not in the first place the one who could have done otherwise. As such, I will question the distinction that the concept of potency to contraries makes it possible to introduce into the reflexion about action.
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Joy Elbaz. Aristote et la puissance des contraires comme critère de distinction de l'agir. L'agentivité : être et agir dans le monde. Interrogations à la croisée des savoirs, Jan 2020, Aix-en-Provence, France. ⟨halshs-02463920v2⟩



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