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Plato's Utopia RecastHis Later Ethics and Politics$
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Christopher Bobonich

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251438

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199251436.001.0001

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Parts of the Soul and Non‐Rational Motivations

Parts of the Soul and Non‐Rational Motivations

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(p.293) 4 Parts of the Soul and Non‐Rational Motivations
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Plato's Utopia Recast
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Christopher Bobonich (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199251436.003.0004

Argues that the Phaedrus, the Theaetetus, and the Timaeus develop Plato's rationale for the abandonment of the Republic's psychological theory. In these dialogues, Plato comes to deny to the lower parts of the soul the sort of epistemic independence that they had in the Republic. The perceptual resources they drew upon in the Republic are no longer sufficient to allow them to be goal‐setting agents or the possessors of beliefs and desires. This chapter then examines the implications of Plato's later psychology for the place of the emotions and pleasure in the virtuous life.

Keywords:   emotions, epistemic capacities, non‐rational motivation, Phaedrus, pleasure, Theaetetus, Timaeus

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