Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …


A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science

Ed. by Wildberg, Christian / Morison, Benjamin

See all formats and pricing
More options …
Volume 44, Issue 1


Plato's Account of the Diseases of the Soul in Timaeus 86B1–87B9

Peter Lautner
Published Online: 2011-03-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron.2011.004


The paper aims to show that ἂνoια is the general term for the diseases of the soul, and that μανία and ἀμαϑία are not necessarily two distinct species but two levels of the same disease: ignorance signifies the cognitive state, whereas madness indicates both a cognitive state and a specific phenomenal character. Plato's other remarks on psychic ailments can be incorporated into this account. The result can also be accommodated to the general theory of the soul–body relationship in the dialogue. Incarnated souls cannot work without the corresponding activity of the body, even if this does not rule out the possibility for the soul to exist in a discarnate state.

Keywords:: Timaeus; diseases of the soul; thoughtlessness; madness; ignorance

About the article

Published Online: 2011-03-28

Published in Print: 2011-03-01

Citation Information: Apeiron, Volume 44, Issue 1, Pages 22–39, ISSN (Online) 2156-7093, ISSN (Print) 0003-6390, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron.2011.004.

Export Citation

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

Brian D. Prince
British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2014, Volume 22, Number 5, Page 908

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in