Soul and Mind in Greek Thought. Psychological Issues in Plato and Aristotle

  • Marcelo D. Boeri
  • Yasuhira Y. Kanayama
  • Jorge Mittelmann

Part of the Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind book series (SHPM, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Marcelo D. Boeri, Yasuhira Y. Kanayama
    Pages 1-15
  3. Plato

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Thomas C. Brickhouse, Nicholas D. Smith
      Pages 37-53
    3. Mariko Kanayama
      Pages 55-80
    4. Yasuhira Y. Kanayama
      Pages 81-109
    5. Iván de los Ríos
      Pages 111-129
  4. Plato, Aristotle, and Commentators on Aristotle

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 245-251

About this book


This book offers new insights into the workings of the human soul and the philosophical conception of the mind in Ancient Greece. It collects essays that deal with different but interconnected aspects of that unified picture of our mental life shared by all Ancient philosophers who thought of the soul as an immaterial substance.

The papers present theoretical discussions on moral and psychological issues ranging from Socrates to Aristotle, and beyond, in connection with modern psychology. Coverage includes moral learning and the fruitfulness of punishment, human motivation, emotions as psychic phenomena, and more.

Some of these topics directly stemmed from the Socratic dialectical experience and its tragic outcome, whereas others found their way through a complex history of refinements, disputes, and internal critique.

The contributors present the gradual unfolding of these central themes through a close inspection of the relevant Ancient texts. They deliver a wide-ranging survey of some central and mutually related topics. In the process, readers will learn new approaches to Platonic and Aristotelian psychology and action theory.

This book will appeal to graduate students and researchers in Ancient philosophy. Any scholar with a general interest in the history of ideas will also find it a valuable resource. 


Ancient Philosophy of Mind City and Individual Immortality of the Soul Models of Mind Perception, Thought, Knowledge Platonic and Aristotelian Psychology socrates human soul Aristotle modern psychology Socrates modern psychology Platonic psychology action theory Aristotelian psychology action theory Peripatetic traditions psychology ancient Greece immaterial substance somatic conception of the soul psychological physicalism immaterialist soul-theory moral learning psychic phenomena Plato psychology Aristotle psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Marcelo D. Boeri
    • 1
  • Yasuhira Y. Kanayama
    • 2
  • Jorge Mittelmann
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto de FilosofíaPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.Graduate School of HumanitiesNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan
  3. 3.Instituto de FilosofíaUniversidad de los AndesSantiagoChile

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