The Body And The Soul In The Phaedo

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In this essay I will be stating three different arguments first, the relationship between the body and the soul in the Phaedo. Second, I will be stating how Plato’s argument from affinity support his view. And last but not least, the reason why a true philosopher is unafraid of death. There are two classes of things, visible and invisible. Visible things are those we know that exist because they have a form and the invisible things are those we cannot see, they have no form. Many people know that we have a soul we have never seen it but we assume that we have one because a body is not a body without a soul. By linking the soul to the invisible class of things, Socrates concludes that the soul must be immortal. The argument for Affinity …show more content…
Plato says that the soul is trapped inside our body. The soul can’t live without the body, so the only thing that the soul can do is take control of the body. The body has a negative impact upon the operations of the soul because the soul is looking at everything from the inside. The only way that the soul is freed from the body is when the body dies. The soul is released from the prison that it had live for so long. The soul needs to be absolved from all the good or bad deeds that the body has done. Philosophers should not be afraid of dying because they have been preparing themselves for death all their lives. Plato states that there is an afterlife for the souls and a person’s actions while they were alive is what helps determine where he soul will go. If a person lives a good life the souls will have a good afterlife but if a person lives a bad life, then the soul will live a bad afterlife. Living a good life is living a humble life and living a bad life is being a person that is full of …show more content…
Death is not something that you can prepare for, death is something that comes and goes unexpectedly. Simmias’ believes that the reason for the soul’s existence is the body. If the body does not exist, then the soul does not exist as well. Simmias’ is contradicting Socrates first argument. Simmias’ does not understand why the souls lives on after the body dies, he argues that once the body dies then the soul must die with the body. On the other hand, Cebs argues that he does not believe that the soul is immortal. He knows that we cannot see the soul but just because we don’t see it does not mean it’s

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