Soul, Soul-Parts, and Persons in Plato

  • C. D. C. Reeve
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 120)


In Book IV of the Republic,, Socrates argues that the soul has an appetitive element, a spirited element, and a rational element. This essay discusses each of these arguing that the rational element alone is a, soul or a, person, capable of having fully autonomous propositional attitudes, while the other elements are sub-personal accretions to it, resulting from its embodiment. By distinguishing between sublunary and superlunary embodiment, it shows that this view is present not just in the Republic, but in the Phaedo,, Phaedrus,, and Timaeus, as well.


Rational Part Rational Element Evaluative Attitude Simple Divine Psychological Relation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, CB #3125University of North Carolina-Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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