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Souls, Soul-Parts, and Persons

C. D. C. Reeve

in Blindness and Reorientation

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199934430
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934430.003.0005
Souls, Soul-Parts, and Persons

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In Republic 4, the soul is divided into appetite, spirit, and reason. This chapter discusses the nature of these parts and their relation to soul and person. Reason alone, it argues, is a person. The other parts are more like parasites on reason that alter its functioning and goals, while at the same time helping it, when properly educated and ruled, to deal with the problems of embodiment.

Keywords: tripartite soul; appetite; spirit; reason; necessary and unnecessary appetites; homuncularism; psychic rule

Chapter.  14442 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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