ABSTRACT

An educator looks at literature and drama: Republic II-III, X Emotion and cognition, in Plato's view, cannot be separated. All emotion has a cognitive component and all cognition implies an emotional attachment to its contents.1 Reason, as we have already seen, develops from the irrational or the semi-rational. For Plato, the development of reason involves, firstly, the gradual clarification of the cognitive content of one's emotions and opinions. Socratic elenchus will purge false opinions and Platonic dialectic will seek reasons for those opinions which remain unrefuted. Concurrently, the development of reason involves the strengthening of the emotional attachment to the right objects, viz. to truth and being. Underlying all this process is the commitment to 'follow the logos to where it may lead us'.