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Plato's Moral Psychology: Intellectualism, the Divided Soul, and the Desire for Good

Rachana Kamtekar


Plato’s Moral Psychology is concerned with Plato’s account of the soul insofar as it bears on our living well or badly, virtuously or viciously. The core of Plato’s moral psychology is his account of human motivation, and PMP argues that throughout the dialogues Plato maintains that human beings have a natural desire for our own good, and that actions and conditions contrary to this desire are involuntary (from which follows the ‘Socratic paradox’ that wrongdoing is involuntary). Our natural desire for our own good may be manifested in different ways: by our pursuit of what we calculate is bes ... More

Keywords: Plato, moral psychology, dialogues, Socratic paradox, Socratic intellectualism, divided soul, soul, good-dependent desire, good-independent desire, rational motivation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198798446
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198798446.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachana Kamtekar, author
Cornell University