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Knowing Persons: A Study in Plato

Lloyd P. Gerson


This book presents a study of Plato's account of personhood. For Plato, embodied persons are images of a disembodied ideal. The ideal person is a knower. Hence, the lives of embodied persons need to be understood according to Plato's metaphysics of imagery. This book considers Plato's account of embodied personhood as not accurately conflated with Cartesian dualism. Plato's dualism is more appropriately seen in the contrast between the ideal disembodied person and the embodied one than in the contrast between mind or soul and body. This study argues that Plato's analysis of personhood is inten ... More

Keywords: Plato, person, imagery, embodied personhood, disembodied, soul, body, knowledge, belief, mind

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199288670
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288670.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lloyd P. Gerson, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto
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