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The Argument for Tripartition

Hendrik Lorenz

in The Brute Within

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199290635
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604027 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199290636.003.0004

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

 The Argument for Tripartition

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This chapter argues that Republic-style partition of the soul amounts to a position that can fairly be characterized in terms of two main claims. First, the proper subjects of desires and aversions are not whole souls, but in each case some part or other of the soul in question. Secondly, the parts of the soul that are the proper subjects of desires and aversions are unified in the strong sense that it is impossible for a given soul-part to desire something and at the same time to be averse to it.

Keywords: Plato; Republic; soul; partition; opposites; desire; aversion

Chapter.  10550 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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