"The Immortality Of The Soul" By Phaedo

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Philosophy is a subject with vast range. It examines and explores many differentfields; virtue, morality, immortality, death, and the difference between the body and the soul are just a few of the many diverse issues which can be covered under the broad umbrella of philosophy. Philosophers are people who have strong, well thought out opinions, and are very learned. Among the most admired philosophers of all time was Socrates. In the Phaedo, one of Socrates' finest students, Plato, recorded the inquisitive conversation, between him and his close friends, unfolding the idea of the soul's immortality, just prior to his execution. There, Socrates made a quite powerful declaration. He claimed that philosophy was merely practice for getting used to death and dying. He stated that death is nothing more than the separation of the body from the soul.Socrates believed that in order for Philosophers to examine their world perfectly and learn the truth accurately, they must remove themselves of all distractions. These not only include physical distractions, but they include mental distractions and bodily distractions as well. The body is a major obstacle for philosophers because it keeps one busy in thousands of ways. It fills a person with wants, desires, fears, all sorts of illusions. The true philosopher tries to separate the soul from the body, because that is the only way knowledge and truth can be obtained. Philosophers must get used to viewing and examining the world with out any senses. Senses merely hinder and obscure the truth in which they are in search for. Sight for example can be fooled easily with optical illusions which occur normally in nature. Sound can be very distracting as well when a philosopher is trying to concentrate. All of these bodily distractions cloud judgment, and must therefore be detached from the soul. In all, Socrates is saying that the goal of philosophy is knowledge; and the only way to attain knowledge is to separate the body and soul; and the only way to separate the body and soul is through death. Therefore, true philosophers and lovers of wisdom do not fear death.Socrates argues that philosophers must view the world around them with their souls in order to accurately learn about it. However, by detaching their souls from all bodily functions, philosophers may as well be in an induced state of death. In mortem, the soul wanders free and there are no bodily hindrances. As to what happens to our soul after death, still remains a question to ponder on. Overall Socrates is trying to tell human beings that life is nothing more than an opportunity for the soul to learn what it is in search for. The human body is nothing more than an instrument for the soul to use. A person should not fear or run from death, but rather look at it as a chance for the soul to move on to something else and to another chance to learn more based on what was already learned.To prove his statement that the soul continues to live even after the death...

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