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
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.