Lidia Palumbo & Anna Motta

Title : On the desire for drink in Plato and the Platonist tradition


Abstract

In our paper we would like to discuss some pages of the Platonic corpus, also commented in the Platonist tradition, in which Plato describes thirst as an appetite for drink. Our aim is to better understand what kind of desire that for drink is, by starting with the section of the Republic (book IV) where such a kind of desire is employed to illustrate the motivational conflict within the soul also through the well-known example of the thirst, that, by its nature, is for drink