Plato on the Limits of Human Life

Plato on the Limits of Human Life

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By focusing on the immortal character of the soul in key Platonic dialogues, Sara Brill shows how Plato thought of the soul as remarkably flexible, complex, and indicative of the inner workings of political life and institutions. As she explores the character of the soul, Brill reveals the corrective function that law and myth serve. If the soul is limitless, she claims, then the city must serve a regulatory or prosthetic function and prop up good political institutions against the threat of the soul's excess. Brill's sensitivity to dramatic elements and discursive strategies in Plato's dialogues illuminates the intimate connection between city and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19.05mm | 544g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Revised ed.
  • 0253008824
  • 9780253008824

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"" - "[This is] a book that is an ambitious, well-researched and provocative scholarly reflection on soul in the Platonic corpus." -Polis "Sara Brill takes on at least two significant issues in Platonic scholarship: the nature of the soul, and especially the language of immortality in its description, and the relationship between politics and psychology. She treats each one of these topics in a fresh and nuanced way. Her writing is beautiful and fluid." -Marina McCoy, Boston Collegeshow more

About Sara Brill

Sara Brill is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fairfield more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I. Phaedo1 Socratic Prothumia2 The Body-like Soul 3 Psychic GeographyPart II. Republic4 City and Soul5 Psychic Fragmentation6 Philosophy in the City7 Politics and ImmortalityPart III. Laws8 Psychology for Legislators9 Psychology for the Legislated10 Psychic ExcessNotesWorks CitedIndexshow more