COLET'S CONCEPT OF MAN
The concept of man in Dean Colet can be measured only against the backdrop of the Platonic and Pauline views. In the Dialogues, there is a sharp ontological, psychic, and moral cleavage between soul and body. First of all, the Platonic body belongs to the lowest order of created existence, the realm of "becoming"; as such, it is automatically "inferior" to ( Laws 5:728) and possesses less "truth" ( Republic 9:585) than the soul. Signs of this ontological inferiority are the fact that the body was created after the soul ( Timaeus 42, 69), and is "liable to speedy dissolution" in contrast to the soul's immortality ( Phaedo 80-81).
Moreover, the Platonic body exists merely "for the sake of the soul" ( Laws 9:870); it is not part of the human per-