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Title: Reflections on selfhood in Gorgias's Encomium of Helen and Plato's Apology of Socrates
Author: Green, Jonas Stigaard.
Awarding Body: King's College London (University of London)
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2006
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In this thesis I reflect on selfhood in Gorgias' Encomium of Helen and Plato's Apology of Socrates. I argue that Plato develops a reflective account of `the self' and that he does it in contrast to a Gorgianic account of the soul as passively determined from the outside, which we find in Helen. Plato develops a picture of the soul, which he finds in Gorgias, as if it were a vessel or a container. The soul-as-a-vessel model entails a particular account of knowledge, teaching, and learning. Plato juxtaposes the soul-as-a-vessel model and its epistemology with a reflective model of the soul, which entails a very different account of what knowledge, teaching, and learning are. I argue that only one of these two models of the soul, namely the reflective model, is a proper model of the self. The other model does not amount to an account of the self because the soul on this model does not have any ownership or control over its beliefs. I will argue that we can understandth e Apology better if we interpret it in light of theset wo modelso f the soul and their epistemology. In the course of my analysis of Plato I shall also offer an interpretation of passages in the Ion, the Protagoras, the Meno, and the Phaedrus, which grounds and supports my analysis of the Apology and its connection to Gorgias.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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