Editor's note: After blind peer review, this paper was selected for reading at the University of Dayton's 10th annual Philosophy Colloquium, held Feb. 27-28, 1981.

In presenting a unified overview of Plato's conception of soul I do not intend to suggest that Plato's undogmatic and unsystematic approach to philosophy can be reduced in a systematic dogma. The model I develop is meant to be taken not dogmatically but instrumentally, as a basis for relating to one another the various things that Plato says about the soul. It is furthermore based upon a conviction that the progressive development of Plato's conception of soul, in the course of the dialogues, was a matter of extension and refinement rather than recantation, so that the conception of soul does not change in principle, at least after the Phaedo. I shall argue later that this is true even of the considerable difference between the way that the soul is spoken of in the Phaedo and the Republic.



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