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Inner life and soul.

Psychê in Plato.
Edited by Maurizio Migliori, Linda M. Napolitanio Valditara and Arianna Fermani.
2012. 364 S. 42,00 Euro. 15,3 x 21,5 cm. 978-3-89665-561-5.
(Lecturae Platonis Bd. 7)

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The concept of the soul, one of the greatest 'inventions' of Greek philosophy, which crossed the whole history of the Western civilisation, was defined in its fundamental philosophical features by Plato. Developing the numerous issues naturally linked to this concept, Plato's thought does not only focus on metaphysical and religious themes, but also to all issues related to spirituality and the human psyche, including their ethical consequences. Therefore, the concept of soul opens the door to an endless process involving the analysis of a subject's interiority.

It is not by chance, that this Platonic theme recurs in many texts and even represents the backbone of whole dialogues. In this collection, some of the most important contemporary Platonic scholars looked at these complex philosophical issues from innovative perspectives, especially with regard to texts that previously were either underestimated or largely ignored. This perspective gives the reader a chance to evaluate the hermeneutic power of different approaches and interpretations of Plato's texts, revaluating as well the richness of Plato's contribution to questions that have been received and developed in contemporary philosophical reflections.


Arianna Fermani is Researcher in History of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Macerata (Italy). Her studies concern, principally, the ethical-anthropological and political reflections of Plato and Aristotle. Between her main publications can be reminded Vita felice umana: in dialogo con Platone e Aristotele, Eum, Macerata 2006; Aristotele, Le tre Etiche, translation, introduction, notes and indexes by A. Fermani, Bompiani, Milano 2008; Platone e Aristotele. Dialettica e logica, edited by M. Migliori and A. Fermani, Morcelliana, Brescia 2008; Attività e virtù. Anima e corpo in Aristotele, edited by M. Migliori and A. Fermani, Vita e Pensiero, Milano 2009.

Maurizio Migliori, Full Professor in History of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Macerata (Italy), has published commented editions of Plato's dialogues (Parmenides, Politicus, Philebus) and of Aristotle's De generatione et corruptione. and a Lectura Platonis on the Sophist. He is also author of many essays on Plato, including those published in the last four Papers Selected of IPS Symposia. He is a member of the International Plato Society.

Linda Napolitano graduated (1975) and took a Ph.D. in Philosophy (1977) (tutor Enrico Berti) at Padua University: she has been working there, at Trieste University and now at Verona University. She is a member of the International Plato Society and of the managing board of the SISFA (Società Italiana per lo Studio della Filosofia Antica).

She attended some international meetings ("Plato's 'Gorgias' and 'Meno'", Wurzburg 2004; "Plato: 'Philebus', Dublin 2007; "Plato: Theaetetus, Sophist, Statesman", Barcelona 2008; "Normadividad y naturaleza", Pamplona 2011) and she cooperated to their organization ("Plato Ethicus: philosophy is life", Piacenza 2003; "Inner life and soul: 'psychè' in Plato", Como 2006). She published many books and papers, particularly on philosophy and mathematics in the Platonic tradition, on the Platonic use of visual metaphors with gnoseological and moral aims, and on Plato's anthropology. Moreover on the relations between ancient philosophy and Greek tragedy, and between ancient philosophy and medicine.



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Andere neue Titel aus dieser Schriftenreihe/Other new books from this series:
Lecturae Platonis

9 · In the Mirror of the Phaedrus. Edited by Mário Jorge de Carvalho, António de Castro Caeiro and Hélder Telo.

8 · Scolnicov, Samuel. Euthydemus.

6 · Formal Structures in Plato's Dialogues. Edited by Francisco Leonardo Lisi, Maurizio Migliori and Josep Monserrat-Molas.