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By Dr Francesco Pelosi, Sophie Henderson

Plato's mirrored image at the courting among soul and physique has attracted students' cognizance given that antiquity. much less famous, yet worthy cautious attention, is Plato's idea on song and its results on humans. studying and emphasising the philosophical worth of Plato's remedy of the musical phenomenon, this publication analyses the soul-body challenge from an cutting edge perspective. via investigating intimately how Plato conceives of the musical event and its impact on intelligence, passions and perceptions, it brings to gentle the intersection of cognitive and emotional features in Plato's philosophy of brain.

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Glaucon is able to characterise the ‘types’ (on these  Barker ,  n. ,  n. .  Musical education of sensibility eid¯e, below, p. ) from which the rhythms spring – just as he is able to characterise ‘types’ of sounds – but he does not know how to show which of these are ‘representations’ of certain types of life: he is not able to insert his notional techniques regarding rhythm into an ethical context. The problem is directly resolved under the authority of Damon: another interesting development in this analysis of the figure deputed to conduct an ethical reflection on music.

Following is the list of values of the intervals in fractions of a tone. Lydian: /   / /  / (full octave); Dorian:  / /   / /  (octave plus a tone); Phrygian:  / /   / /  (full octave); Ionian: / /  /  (octave minus a tone); Mixolydian: / /   / /  (full octave); Syntonolydian: / /  / (octave minus two tones). Mixolydian: / /  / /  ; Lydian: /  / /   / ; Phrygian:  / /   / / ; Dorian; / /   / / ; Hypolydian: /   / /  / ; Hypophrygian:   / /  / / ; Hypodorian:  / /  / / .

Furthermore, the reference to math¯emata seems out of place at this stage of education, although the introduction of myth presupposes a certain intellective capacity, as we have said. Less problematic seems to me to be the reference to ‘beautiful speeches’ (logoi kaloi): we can liken them to kala panta (‘all beautiful things’) that in Leg. b represent the verbal content of musical education. But again in e–a we note that in the place of the ‘philosophical’ element of e–, appears the rational element (to logistikon): these are terms that, in the Republic, do not seem to indicate   Socrates is proposing the novelty that gymnastics also concern the cure of the soul, that of the body only in a supplementary way.

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