Departed Souls? Tripartition at the Close of Plato’s Republic


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Nathan Bauer
Rowan University
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Plato’s tripartite soul plays a central role in his account of justice in the Republic. It thus comes as a surprise to find him apparently abandoning this model at the end of the work, when he suggests that the soul, as immortal, must be simple. I propose a way of reconciling these claims, appealing to neglected features of the city-soul analogy and the argument for the soul’s division. The original true soul, I argue, is partitioned, but in a finer manner than how we encounter it in our everyday lives.
Keywords Plato  Republic  Soul  Tripartite
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