Dialectical Epimeleia: Platonic Care of the Soul and Philosophical Cognition

  • James M. Ambury King’s College

Abstract

In this paper I argue that Plato’s notion of the care of the self is his remedy to the psychological malady he refers to as ‘wandering’. The wandering self requires care, and a close reading of the Platonic corpus indicates self-cultivation means stabilizing the soul in accordance with its intelligent nature. I then argue that Plato appropriates the ethical injunction to care for the soul and draws from it an important epistemological consequence. Specifically, his view is that a wandering soul’s instability renders it incapable of philosophical cognition. To engender a healthy soul, one must participate in dialectic.

Keywords

dialectic, elenchus, care, affect, soul, wander.

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Published
2018-03-01
How to Cite
AMBURY, James M.. Dialectical Epimeleia: Platonic Care of the Soul and Philosophical Cognition. PLATO JOURNAL: The Journal of the International Plato Society, [S.l.], v. 17, p. 85-99, mar. 2018. ISSN 2183-4105. Available at: <http://impactum-journals.uc.pt/platojournal/article/view/5317>. Date accessed: 16 nov. 2018.
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