Plato and the Divided Self

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Rachel Barney, Tad Brennan, Charles Brittain
Cambridge University Press, Feb 16, 2012 - History - 396 pages
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"With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to that truth by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two. I say two, because the state of my own knowledge does not pass beyond that point. Others will follow, others will outstrip me on the same lines, and I hazard the guess that man will be ultimately known for a mere polity of multifarious, incongruous and independent denizens. Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde1 Most of the papers in this volume originated at two conferences, one held in 2005 at the University of Toronto and one in 2006 at Cornell University.2 As organizers we then commissioned another seven papers in order to produce a much more wide-ranging, if still far from comprehensive volume.3 Philosophical accounts of the tripartite soul in Plato have traditionally focussed on the Republic: while that dialogue remains central to many of the papers in this volume, readers will also find discussions of other dialogues featuring soul-partition (including Sheffield on the Phaedrus, Lorenz on the Timaeus, and Brisson on the Laws) and other relevant psychological investigations (Dorion on the Gorgias, Vasiliou on the Phaedo, Sheffield on the Symposium, Moss on the Philebus). Also included are three case studies of uses of the tripartite theory within the later Platonic tradition (Opsomer on Plutarch, Schiefsky on Galen, and Emilsson on Plotinus). The reader will thus be able to judge to what extent these various sources present a constant, unitary theory - a unitary and stable Platonic Psychology - underlying the developments and revisions in Plato's thinking, and in the views of his successors"--Provided by publisher.

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Part I Transitions to tripartition
Part II Moral psychology in the Republic
Part III After the Republic
Part IV Parts of the soul in the Platonic tradition

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About the author (2012)

Rachel Barney holds the Canada Research Chair in Classical Philosophy at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Names and Nature in Plato's Cratylus (2001).

Tad Brennan is Professor of Philosophy and Classics at Cornell University. His books include Ethics and Epistemology in Sextus Empiricus (1999), The Stoic Life (2005) and Simplicius on Epictetus, Volumes 1 and 2 (2002), translated with Charles Brittain.

Charles Brittain is Professor of Classics and Philosophy at Cornell University. His books include Philo of Larissa: The Last of the Academic Sceptics (2001) and Cicero: On Academic Scepticism (2006).

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