Essay on Why Socrates Philosophy Is Practicing For Death

2383 Words Nov 17th, 2016 10 Pages
In the Phaedo, Socrates argues that practicing philosophy is practicing for death. In the paper that follows, I will explain why Socrates argues that philosophy is to learning to die based on the theory of anamnesis and how this connects with the present day theory of biocentrism where the soul takes a central part in understanding the universe. First, I will detail the theory of anamnesis in the Meno. Then, I will show how based on the theory that philosophy is learning to die as outlined in the Phaedo. Finally, I will connect the theory of anamnesis and the theory of philosophy as preparing for death to biocentrism in the twenty-first century.
In one of the most famous paradoxes, Meno asks Socrates, “Why, on what lines will you look, Socrates, for a thing of whose nature you know nothing at all? Pray, what sort of thing, amongst those that you know not, will you treat us to as the object of your search? Or even supposing, at the best, that you hit upon it, how will you know it is the thing you did not know?” (Meno 80d). Meno argues I can 't search for what I do not know because I do not know what it is and I can 't know the answer when I find it because I do not know what it is. The final aporia being is learning even possible? The first premise is for any one thing, one either knows or does not know that thing. Premise one asserts the definition of knowledge is not knowing something; that there is no middle ground where there may be some limited understanding.…

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