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The Politics of Thumos: Spirited Motivation of the Human Soul w/ Josh Wilburn
Josh Wilburn, author of The Political Soul: Plato on Thumos, Spirited Motivation, and the City, visits The Stoa to discuss the politics of thumos. From the book:

"This book examines the relationship between Plato's views on psychology and his political philosophy, focusing on his reflections on the spirited part of the tripartite soul, or thumos, and spirited motivation over the course of his career. Spirit is the distinctively social or political part of the human soul for Plato, in the sense that it is the source of the desires, emotions, and sensitivities that make it possible for people to form relationships with one another, interact politically, and cooperate together in and protect their communities. Such emotions prominently include not only the aggressive or competitive qualities for which thumos is well known, but also the feelings of attachment, love, friendship, and civic fellowship that bind families and communities together and make cities possible in the first place.”

https://www.amazon.com/Political-Soul-Thumos-Spirited-Motivation/dp/0198861869
More from Josh: https://clasprofiles.wayne.edu/profile/fl2534

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Aug 23, 2022 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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