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Plato's Threefold City and Soul


  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107170162

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  • Plato's 'Republic' constructs an ideal city composed of three parts, parallel to the soul's reason, appetites, and fighting spirit. But confusion and controversy have long surrounded this three-way division and especially the prominent role it assigns to angry and competitive spirit. In Plato's Three-fold City and Soul, Joshua I. Weinstein argues that, for Plato, determination and fortitude are not just expressions of our passionate or emotional natures, but also play an essential role in the rational agency of persons and polities. In the Republic's account, human life requires spirited courage as much as reasoned thought and nutritious food. The discussion ranges over Plato's explication of the logical and metaphysical foundations of justice and injustice, the failures of incomplete and dysfunctional cities, and the productive synergy of our tendencies and capacities that becomes fully evident only in the justice of a self-sufficient political community.

    • Unpacks and analyzes Plato's reasons for including fighting spirit among the three parts of the soul
    • Offers a new account of the dialogue's central parallel between the city and the soul, and thus of Plato's contributions to both psychology and political analysis
    • Draws on wide scholarship in the sciences and humanities allowing engagement with many aspects of contemporary thought
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107170162
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Injustice as opposition of characters:
    1. Opposition yields bipartition
    2. The argument from character
    3. Opposition of characters
    4. Interim conclusions
    Part II. Justice as Function in City and Soul:
    5. Preliminaries and foreshadowing
    6. The city seeks self-sufficiency
    7. Economics, technê and the market
    8. Luxury and art
    9. War
    10. The guards
    11. Language, education and reason
    12. Philosopher-kings
    13. Justice as threefold function in the soul
    Part III. Thumos and Control through Time:
    14. Preventing indulgence
    15. Thumotic work

  • Author

    Joshua I. Weinstein, The Herzl Institute, Jerusalem
    Joshua I. Weinstein is a Senior Fellow at the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem.

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