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Apeiron

A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science

Ed. by Wildberg, Christian / Morison, Benjamin

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Volume 46, Issue 4

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Soul as Structure in Plato’s Phaedo

Dr. Douglas Young
Published Online: 2013-10-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2012-0018

Abstract

In Plato’s Phaedo, the soul is mereologically simple; in the Republic, it is tripartite. The arguments in the Phaedo against the harmonia theory of the soul seem to undercut the psychology of the Republic. Commentators have long been puzzled by this apparent inconsistency. I argue that conceiving of a harmonia as a structure dispels persisting confusions about the theory and why Plato rejects it.

Keywords: Plato; soul; structure; harmonia; Phaedo

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Published Online: 2013-10-09

Published in Print: 2013-10-01


Citation Information: Apeiron, Volume 46, Issue 4, Pages 469–498, ISSN (Online) 2156-7093, ISSN (Print) 0003-6390, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2012-0018.

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