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Commentary On Kamtekar

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Rachana Kamtekar has produced a spirited and original account of the relationship between Plato's metaphysics of powers and "parts" in the Republic and his moral/epistemic psychology. Kamtekar reconstructs Plato's argument in a bold and provocative way. Her defense of Plato, however, should make us ask whether we are persuaded in the first place by his account of the soul as tripartite. The author confronts Plato with the Stoic view of the one-part soul, arguing that it can explain the psychological phenomena better than does Plato's. This chapter looks critically at Plato's arguments for tripartition, finding them lacking.

Keywords: epistemic psychology; moral psychology; Plato; Rachana Kamtekar; Stoics



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