Emotions in Plato


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.

"Emotions in Plato is a rich and illuminating book, which will probably make not a few readers change their view of Plato’s attitude to emotions."
-Margalit Finkelberg, Tel Aviv University, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2021.10.16

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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).
"Summing Up: Essential." - P. W. Wakefield, Emory University, in: Choice Connect, vol. 58 (8/2021).
 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
All interested in the history of emotions in Antiquity, students and Academics interested in Plato’s philosophy and the philosophy of emotion.
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