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Knowing PersonsA Study in Plato$
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Lloyd P. Gerson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288670

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288670.001.0001

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Personhood in the Later Dialogues

Personhood in the Later Dialogues

(p.239) CHAPTER 6 Personhood in the Later Dialogues
Knowing Persons

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This chapter shows that in Timaeus, Philebus, and Laws, all the essentials of the account hitherto developed are maintained. The first dialogue offers a cosmology in which persons are clearly situated. In the section on Philebus, an interpretation of the defeat of hedonism is provided that shows persons to be ideally knowers. The defender of hedonism is undone by the presuppositions of his own defence. Self-transformation is preceded by self-recognition. Philebus offers an account of ideal embodied life, but does not abandon Plato's previous account of ideal disembodied life. The section on Laws shows that Plato did not abandon tripartitioning of the soul, as some have maintained. Rather, in all essentials the account of personhood remains the same.

Keywords:   Plato, Timaeus, Philebus, Laws, personhood, cosmology, defeat of hedonism, knowers, embodied life, tripartitioning of the soul

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