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.
Introduction; 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; Conclusion.
Music, an important feature of ancient Greek culture, was often discussed in philosophical works. Plato, in particular, analyses the way in which music affects human behaviour. His analyses offer us a new perspective from which to study the relationship between soul, body and music in his philosophy.
Francesco Pelosi is a Member of the Research Group for Ancient Greek Music at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.
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