Socrates Fear Of Death Analysis

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What Socrates means when he says that philosophers should welcome death is he is trying to explain that philosophers spend their whole life training for death and when death comes upon them they should embrace it rather than cowering in fear. Simmias had stated, “those who practice philosophy in the right way are training for dying, and they fear death least of all men.” (Phaedo 67e5-6). Socrates had stated that only a philosopher that is not afraid of death can possess the qualities of self-discipline and bravery. Self-discipline is very important to philosophers because it shows how much inner-strength they have and how they are in control of their mind and body. According to Socrates, you should not be afraid of death because the afterlife …show more content…
They believe that wisdom will get rid of all the corruption in their body which will then prepare them for a great afterlife with the gods. They space themselves as much as possible from physical pleasures like drinking, sex, fancy clothes, etc. Socrates had said, “do you think it is part of the philosopher to be concerned with such so-called pleasures as those of food and drink? What about the pleasures of sex? Do you think he values these or despises them, except insofar as one cannot do without them? I think the true philosopher despises them.” (Phaedo 64d2-6, 64e3-5). This means that philosophers are only worried about the happiness of their soul. Since they are spacing themselves from the wants of the body they should see death as an even more celebrated detachment of soul and body.
As stated by Socrates, true philosophers are preparing for death throughout all their lives. Philosophers in particular are unafraid to die because since they do devote everything they do in life to death, it would be weird for them to feel sad when death comes. “It would be ridiculous for a man to train himself in life to live in a state as close to death as possible, and then resent it when it comes?” (Phaedo 67e1-3). Since death is the final separation of soul and body a philosopher should see this as an achievement of their ultimate goal. The body is not everlasting so the soul will outlive
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The soul belongs to the undying group and the body to the mortal group. The soul is eternal, even though this eternity could take on different forms. A soul that is not detached from a body in the right way will later return to the flesh, but a philosopher’s soul will live free in paradise.
The soul is what gives us energy. We are alive because we have a soul. The ideas above suggests that the soul is related to the Form of Life. The Form of Life is what makes “to be” itself attainable. Taking into consideration that the Form of Life does not include its opposite, death, the soul cannot be affected by death. Socrates then comes to the conclusion that the soul is

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