Parts of the Soul

Hendrik Lorenz

in The Brute Within

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199290635
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604027 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

 Parts of the Soul

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This chapter raises and explains two central questions about Plato’s theory of the tripartite soul. First, what is involved in Plato’s claim that the embodied human soul is a thing of parts? Secondly, does Plato have a reasonable basis for holding that the soul is composed of precisely three parts, reason, spirit, and appetite?

Keywords: Plato; soul; partition; tripartition; appetite; reason; spirit

Chapter.  2839 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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