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Keywords: Democritus (ALL of these words -- matching substrings)

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FB-12632-75Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsRobert L. KaneThe Problem of Knowledge as Reflected in Sophoclean Drama9/1/1975 - 8/31/1976$14,000.00RobertL.Kane   Miami UniversityOxfordOH45056-1846USA1975ClassicsFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs140000140000

Project has two parts; a program of reading and the preparation of two essays on the subject of "The Problem of Knowledge as Reflected in Sophoclean Drama." The reading will center around the theories of perception and knowledge in early Greek Philosophy, with special emphasis on the empiricist tradition (Anaxagoras and Democritus) and the rationalist tradition (Parmenides and Plato). Writing will consist of essays on the Ajax and Trachiniai of Sophocles. A somewhat longer essay is also planned, tentatively entitled; "Action and Revelation in the Trachiniai."

FEL-262889-19Research Programs: FellowshipsRachana KamtekarHuman Agency and Cause from Aristotle to Alexander7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020$60,000.00Rachana Kamtekar   Cornell UniversityIthacaNY14850-2820USA2018History of PhilosophyFellowshipsResearch Programs600000600000

Research and writing leading to publication of a book on the notion of moral agency in ancient philosophy.

In "Human Agency and Cause from Aristotle to Alexander," addressed to students of philosophy and ancient Greece and Rome, I aim to show that aside from the Stoics, philosophers from Aristotle to Alexander are not determinists, and for that reason are unlikely to be compatibilists; and that the responsibility the Stoics take to be compatible with determinism is causal, justifying only forward-looking punishment. Despite my disagreements with the scholarship of the last decades, my approach is deeply indebted to its focus on ancient accounts of voluntary action in terms of ancient questions, which are not the same as ours.

FS-10507-76Education Programs: Seminars for Higher Education FacultyPrinceton UniversityConcept and Controversies in Greek Philosophy of Nature1/1/1977 - 9/30/1977$43,808.00DavidJ.Furley   Princeton UniversityPrincetonNJ08540-5228USA1976Philosophy, GeneralSeminars for Higher Education FacultyEducation Programs438080438080

To study the development of atomistic theory of nature, formulated by Democritus in response to the paradoxes of Parmenides and Zeno. To focus on the critique of atomistic ways of thought and the construction of an alternative philosophy of nature by Plato and Aristotle.