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Plato On Akrasia And Knowing Your Own Mind

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The standard picture of the development of Plato’s views on akrasia depicts an increase in subtlety and psychological realism from the early to the middle and late dialogues. In the Republic, Plato partitions the soul and thus recognizes the existence of non-rational motivations that do not aim at what is best for the whole person overall. Plato’s theory in the Protagoras may be reminiscent of the claim that he makes about desire and the good in the Gorgias and the Meno. The chapter draws on literature on self-knowledge to sketch several worries to which one’s lack of awareness of one’s own mind might give rise. It turns to the details of Plato’s solution to the puzzle of apparent akratic action in the Protagoras. Finally, the chapter concludes with a few brief remarks about what the lines of thought that were explored may suggest about Plato’s conception of rationality.

Keywords: akrasia; Gorgias; non-rational motivation; Plato; Protagoras; psychological realism; Republic; self-knowledge



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