What isthe tripartite division of the soul?

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Christians might say the soul is comprised of the mind, the will, and the emotions.

  • 2 months ago

    In Plato's republic, he describes the soul as having three parts: one responsible for appetites / desires, one responsible for logic and one responsible for anger.

    Plato believed that each part of the soul was located in different parts of the body.

  • j153e
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Plato's "Republic" expresses Plato's theory of the soul writ large.

    The desire, the will, and the mind comprise the soul.

    Business involves desire and the existential qualities of eikasia and pistis;

    the laws, the police, and the military involve the will, including some aspects of dianoia as patriotic ideals;

    Guardians as servant-leaders are of the mind, even of Noesis.

    Each person has these qualities, and they develop with experience and reflection:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chariot_Allegory 

    p.s.  It is an oversimplification to reduce soul's will to "anger;" the patriots love their Republic, and defend it, sometimes in anger; however, anger according to Plato arises when the desires are not satisfied, and the will acts in anger to remedy the situation.  It's also an oversimplification to reduce soul's mind to"logic;" "reasoning" is a better descriptor for the Guardian mindfulness portion of the soul.

    To be perfectly plain, the will for Plato becomes the yang angry (anger having the basic meaning of narrowing, tightening (PIE *angh-), which more typically occurs when desires within or without the polis/Republic are too yin, too expansive per wrong desire).  Then the will under reason polices within the polis, or fights the greedy neighboring aggressive polis.  Will keeps reason vis a vis desires (which, refined, desire Godlikeness); this dynamic is expressed in the Eleusinian reincarnation teaching of the Chariot, with qualified ascension from the "wheel of rebirth" a la Elijah, Enoch, and other Immortals.

    It should be further noted that Mind, Nous, or reason is more than a simplistic, reductive "logic;" Logos is Dianoia--physis-based formulation--and Logos iis more fully developed and realized as Noesis, Godlikeness  ('as much as is possible," to quote Plato).

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