I have some questions about Plato, holler if you can help me out.

@nee When Plato talks about the city-soul connection - what part of the city accounts for the appetitive and spirited portions of the soul?


you mean if philosophers stand for reason, which group, then, stands for spirit and which for desire? I think 'the people' in broader sense stand for desire/appetitive/the libidinal. And the spirit comes up in a regulatory capacity towards the libidinal, so the executive power, the police in a sense.

@nee okay so philosophers and potential guardians act as reason then the general populace are the other aspects of the soul which must be controlled by the reasonable aspect of the city which is separate?

So in Plato's sense of the ideal city, the spirited (in the sense of strength/prone to anger/action/activity/executive/protective) work together with the reasonable, to benevolently rule over raw desire (the people). Less ideal are the cases where the θυμοειδές-spirited joins up with desire instead of reason. Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy is less helpful with this than I would have thought.

@nee Would that be the military aspect of the city?
Yeah I looked at the encyclopedia and was dismayed. Usually they are nice for a prep before going into a text.

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