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Emotions in Plato

Brill’s Plato Studies Series, Volume: 4
Editors: Laura Candiotto and Olivier Renaut

Emotions (pathè) such as anger, fear, shame, and envy, but also pity, wonder, love and friendship have long been underestimated in Plato’s philosophy. The aim of Emotions in Plato is to provide a consistent account of the role of emotions in Plato’s psychology, epistemology, ethics and political theory. The volume focuses on three main issues: taxonomy of emotions, their epistemic status, and their relevance for the ethical and political theory and practice. This volume, which is the first edited volume entirely dedicated to emotions in Plato’s philosophy, shows how Plato, in many aspects, was positively interested in these affective states in order to support the rule of reason.

Laura Candiotto, PhD. (2011), Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Fellow at the Free University of Berlin, Germany, published many articles on emotions in Plato and in contemporary philosophy; she recently edited The Value of Emotions for Knowledge (Palgrave, 2019).

Olivier Renaut, PhD. (2007), is Maître de conférences at Université Paris Nanterre in France. He published a comprehensive study of thumos in Plato entitled Platon, La Médiation des émotions. L’éducation du thymos dans les dialogues (Vrin, 2014).

Introduction: Why Plato Comes First
   Laura Candiotto and Olivier Renaut

Part 1: For a Taxonomy of Plato’s Emotions

1 Epistemic Wonder and the Beginning of the Enquiry: Plato’s Theaetetus (155d2-4) and Its Wider Significance
 Laura Candiotto and Vasilis Politis

2 The Feel of the Real: Perceptual Encounters in Plato’s Critique of Poetry
 Pia Campeggiani

3 Why Do Itches Itch? Bodily Pain in the Socratic Theory of Motivation
 Freya Möbus

4 Emotions in Context: “Risk” as Condition for Emotion
 Stefano Maso

Part 2: Plato’s Emotions between Rationality and Irrationality

5 Emotions and Rationality in theTimaeus(Ti. 42a–b, 69c–72e)
 Olivier Renaut

6 On the Desire for Drink in Plato and the Platonist Tradition
 Lidia Palumbo and Anna Motta

7 Plato’s Seasick Steersman: On (Not) Being Overwhelmed by Fear in Plato’s Laws
 Myrthe L. Bartels

8 The Dialogue between the Emotions in the Platonic Corpus
 Karine Tordo-Rombaut

9 Love, Speech and Charm in Plato’s Charmides: Reading the Dialogue through Emotions
 Carla Francalanci

Part 3: The Ethical and Political Value of Plato’s Emotions

10 The Notion of Φθόνος in Plato
 Luc Brisson

11 On Mild Envy and Self-deceit (Phlb. 47d–50e)
 Beatriz Bossi

12 Αἰσχύνη and the Λογιστικόν in Plato’s Republic
 Chiara Militello

13 Shame and Virtue in Plato’s Laws: Two Kinds of Fear and the Drunken Puppet
 Julia Pfefferkorn

14 Loving and Living Well: the Importance of Shame in Plato’s Phaedrus
 Simon Scott

15 Plato on the Role of Anger in Our Intellectual and Moral Development
 Marta Jimenez

16 Platonic Pity, or Why Compassion Is Not a Platonic Virtue
 Rachana Kamtekar

17 Love and the City: Eros and Philia in Plato’s Laws
 Frisbee C.C. Sheffield

Afterword: The Invention of Emotion?
  David Konstan

 Index of Modern Authors
 Index of Relevant Passages
 Index of Subjects

Brill’s Plato Studies Series

Editors: Gabriele Cornelli and Gábor Betegh

Brill’s Plato Studies Series aims to gather together the most recent
and relevant contributions, in order to identify debates and trends
within the study of Plato and to provide a holistic understanding of
the wide range of issues related to Plato’s philosophy. Of special
significance for the series will be the examination of Plato’s
literary style and its relationship to his theoretical project as,
perhaps, one of the central problems in the study of Plato and Ancient
Philosophy as a whole. Even after two thousand years there is still no
consensus about why Plato expresses his ideas in such a unique style
and the series will aim to address this question. In addition, the
Series will warmly welcome contributions focusing on internal and
recurrent issues like the relation between myth and philosophy,
language, epistemology and ontology in Plato’s work. Special attention
will also be given to new interpretative challenges and recent
hermeneutical trends, which have emerged from the globalization of
current Platonic studies. These new approaches to Plato are likely to
change the future frame of Platonic scholarship, providing instruments
and renewed impulses for the generations of philosophers to come.

Gabriele Cornelli
Associate Professor – Philosophy Department
Postgraduate Programme in Metaphysics
Archai UNESCO Chair on the Plural Origins of the Western Thought – Director
Universidade de Brasilia

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