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Republic Bk. IV (cont.) EP 15 The Theory of Parts of the Soul and the Humunculus Problem

Understanding Plato

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If Socrates is to convince Glaucon that justice and injustice in the soul is like justice and injustice in the city-state, then he must prove that there are parts of the soul analogous to the three classes of the city-state. Socrates believes he can do this by using the Principle of Opposites. But having made his point he runs into another question: Is each part of the soul an entity (a "humunclus") that has its own parts?

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