Essay on Analysis Of Plato 's ' Middle Period '

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Plato’s dialogue Phaedo is one of his most famous works, as it concerns the death of Socrates and the philosophical concepts associated with his death. The Phaedo dialogue is considered to be a part of Plato’s “middle period” in that it is a firm description of Plato’s philosophical thought and not simply a direct recollection of what was said by Socrates. Plato covers multiple themes, the most important of which being his idea of the “realm of the forms,” arguments for the mortality of the human soul, and a broader theme of a philosophical life being characteristic of a good life (Connolly 1). Being a dialogue, Phaedo is characterized as a conversation between two men: Phaedo and Echecrates. Echecrates is a philosopher who wants to know the story of Socrates’ death, thus he asks Phaedo to recollect the event as he was present at Socrates’ death. The story itself is occasionally interrupted by the two men with short amounts of conversation. The bulk of the dialogue, however, is a narrative story as being told by Phaedo. Within this story, Socrates is the main character. In the narrative, Socrates has a conversation with two men named Cebes and Simmias. Also briefly mentioned are Crito (who does not have much dialogue within the story), Xanthippe (Socrates’ wife), and a prison guard who greatly admires Socrates. By speaking to both Cebes and Simmias, Socrates is able to explain why he does not fear his imminent death and why others who live a philosophical life should not…

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