Plato on Music, Soul and Body

Plato on Music, Soul and Body

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Francesco Pelosi, Translated by Sophie Henderson
Cambridge University Press, 10/28/2010
EAN 9780521760454, ISBN10: 0521760453

Hardcover, 236 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

Plato's reflection on the relationship between soul and body has attracted scholars' attention since antiquity. Less noted, but worthy of consideration, is Plato's thought on music and its effects on human beings. This book adopts an innovative approach towards analysing the soul-body problem by uncovering and emphasising the philosophical value of Plato's treatment of the phenomenon of music. By investigating in detail how Plato conceives of the musical experience and its influence on intelligence, passions and perceptions, it illuminates the intersection of cognitive and emotional functions in Plato's philosophy of mind.

1. Musical education of sensibility
2. Moving to music
a therapy for the rational soul
3. Musical education of rationality
4. Music in the body and soul