Insofar as my ongoing interest in the moral consciousness conforms to a “plot”, it thickens. I love Plato’s Symposium, which I know is rather cliche. I came across this remark from Allan Bloom’s famous “Ladder of Love” essay:
The study of the soul had become such a part of Catholic Christianity that its destruction in the name of something like consciousness seemed a necessity. But the Christian teaching was about a specific version of the soul characterized by separability from the body and immortality, great miracles that defied common sense and reason. (p.195)
Okay, so classical political philosophy is about the soul and nomos, while modern political philosophy is about the moral consciousness. Hmm….