Republic IV: The Division of the Soul

Terence Irwin

in Plato's Ethics

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780195086454
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833306 | DOI:
Republic IV: The Division of the Soul

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The aim of this chapter is to discuss the moral relevance of the theory of the division of soul. Firstly, it is examined why it is impossible to reconcile this doctrine with instrumentalism. Secondly, how the desires of the three different parts of the soul may be harmonised is investigated. Thirdly, after an elaborate study of the different parts of the soul, the reasons for this tripartition of the soul are introduced. Finally, it is examined whether or not the partition of the soul results in different kinds of happiness.

Keywords: Appetitive part; Division of the soul; Plato; Soul; Happiness; Instrumentalism; Rational part; Republic; Spirited part

Chapter.  11011 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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