Located in Space: Plato’s Theory of Psychic Motion

Ancient Philosophy 42 (2):419-442 (2022)
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Abstract

I argue that Plato thinks that the soul has location, surface, depth, and extension, and that the Timaeus’ composition of the soul out of eight circles is intended literally. A novel contribution is the development of an account of corporeality that denies the entailment that the soul is corporeal. I conclude by examining Aristotle’s objection to the Timaeus’ psychology and then the intellectual history of this reading of Plato.

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Douglas R. Campbell
University of Toronto, St. George Campus

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