Suzanne Obdrzalek
Claremont McKenna College
This chapter examines Plato's moral psychology in the Phaedrus. It argues against interpreters such as Burnyeat and Nussbaum that Plato's treatment of the soul is increasingly pessimistic: reason's desire to contemplate is at odds with its obligation to rule the soul, and psychic harmony can only be secured by violently suppressing the lower parts of the soul.
Keywords Plato  Phaedrus  contemplation  intellectualism  moral psychology  ethics  love  eros  asceticism
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