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Plato on the Limits of Human Life (Studies in Continental Thought)

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By focusing on the immortal character of the soul in key Platonic dialogues, Sara Brill shows how Plato thought of the soul as remarkably flexible, complex, and indicative of the inner workings of political life and institutions. As she explores the character of the soul, Brill reveals the corrective function that law and myth serve. If the soul is limitless, she claims, then the city must serve a regulatory or prosthetic function and prop up good political institutions against the threat of the soul's excess. Brill's sensitivity to dramatic elements and discursive strategies in Plato's dialogues illuminates the intimate connection between city and soul.

About the Author

Sara Brill is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fairfield University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I. Phaedo

1 Socratic Prothumia

2 The Body-like Soul

3 Psychic Geography

Part II. Republic

4 City and Soul

5 Psychic Fragmentation

6 Philosophy in the City

7 Politics and Immortality

Part III. Laws

8 Psychology for Legislators

9 Psychology for the Legislated

10 Psychic Excess

Notes

Works Cited

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253008879
Author:
Brill, Sara
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Classical studies; Continental philosophy; philosophy; Plato
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Studies in Continental Thought
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.9 x 6 x 0.8 in

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