Plato 's Tripartite Theory Of The Mind Essay

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In the days of Plato’s existence, the soul was a living, non-material entity that was created before the person and would continue on after the person was no more, unlike contemporary concepts of the soul, this concept was not based on religion or religious views as it didn’t exist then (Stevenson, Haberman, & Matthews Wright, 2013). Plato believed that one must endeavour to take care of their soul as it is eternal and more important than the body (Stevenson, Haberman, & Matthews Wright, 2013). Plato’s tripartite theory of the mind, is one of the most notable ancient theories of the soul in the fourth century, as well as in contemporary philosophical study (Lorenz, 2009). It focusses around the idea that the mind or soul - both terms are used interchangeably - is divided into three parts which are appetite, reason and spirit (Lorenz, 2009; Stevenson, Haberman, & Matthews Wright, 2013). Since Plato, there have been other similar concepts, especially in modern psychology, formed around the idea that an individual is subject to multiple divisions of oneself, the most memorable being Sigmund Freud’s notion of the conscious and subconscious with the Id, ego and superego (Stevenson, Haberman, & Matthews Wright, 2013). The notions of weakness of will and self-control can be explained through the exploration of Plato’s tripartite theory, as they can be seen as a representation of unbalance and balance between appetite, spirit and reason. Throughout this essay, I will explain the

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