Plato and Women Essay by The Research Group

Plato and Women
This paper offers an assessment of the implications of Plato's views of mind over body.
# 74091 | 675 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2004 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Philosophy (General)

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This article looks at the implications of Plato's dualistic hierarchy of mind over body, and male over female. The writer discusses Plato's contention that the body interferes with the soul's experience of the absolute. In this paper, the writer studies Plato's philosophy. The writer also looks at the interpretation of Plato's works by female commentator, Spelman.

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"Any fair reading of Spelman's critique of Plato's privileging of mind over body and male over female must concede that her interpretation of the pernicious uses to which Platonic dualism has been put makes sense but not perfect sense. The purpose of this research is to explore Plato's discussion of the mind-body distinction and then to assess the validity of Spelman's interpretation of Plato on that point in comparison to the interpretations by other feminist commentators. In the "Phaedo", Plato develops the idea that intangible attributes such as ... "

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