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Author Brill, Sara.

Title Plato on the limits of human life / Sara Brill
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (x, 261 pages)
Series Studies in Continental Thought
Studies in Continental thought.
Contents Acknowledgments; introduction; Part I. Phaedo; 1 Socratic Prothumia; 2 The Body-like Soul; 3 Psychic Geography; Part II. Republic; 4 City and Soul; 5 Psychic Fragmentation; 6 Philosophy in the City; 7 Politics and Immortality; Part III. Laws; 8 Psychology for Legislators; 9 Psychology for the Legislated; 10 Psychic Excess; notes; Works Cited; index
Summary "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 soul."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Plato.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013000401
ISBN 0253008913 (electronic bk.)
1299608167 (electronic bk.)
9780253008916 (electronic bk.)
9781299608160 (electronic bk.)