Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

Phronesis: Vol. 61, No. 4, 2016

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

Phronesis: Vol. 61, No. 4, 2016

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Poetry and Hedonic Error in Plato's Republic, J. CLERK SHAW

This paper reads Republic 583b-608b as a single, continuous line of argument. First, Socrates distinguishes real from apparent pleasure and argues that justice is more pleasant than injustice. Next, he describes how pleasures nourish the soul. This line of argument continues into the second discussion of poetry: tragic pleasures are mixed pleasures in the soul that seem greater than they are; indulging them nourishes appetite and corrupts the soul. The paper argues that Plato has a novel account of the paradox of tragedy, and that the Republic and Philebus contain complementary discussions of tragic and comic pleasure.

Aisthesis, Reason and Appetite in the Timaeus, EMILY FLETCHER

There are two types of aisthesis in the Timaeus, which involve distinct physiological processes and different kinds of soul, appetite and reason respectively. This distinction explains Timaeus's ambivalent attitude toward aisthesis-. on the one hand, it is one of the main causes of the disruption of the orbits of the immortal soul upon embodiment; on the other hand, it plays a central role in restoring the immortal soul to its original, godlike condition.

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