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  • Soul Acts Like A Form In Being
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    The Relationship Between Plato Theory of Forms and the Immortality of the Soul Preface In the Phaedo, Plato set out to show many things, including that the Soul is Immortal. Through the aid of the Theory of Forms Plato proved that the soul is immortal. This paper will show that Plato fell short in determining the fact that the soul is immortal. This will be shown, by analyzing the arguments that Plato used to show this fact. It will become clear that the arguments fall short in proving his theor...
  • Soul And Body
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    Philosophy 106 Steve Anthony In "The Phaedo", Plato explains his theory of forms and ideas concerning the mortality of the soul. We find that the soul and body are separate and that the soul lives after death and had lived before. This leads us to the idea of forms and how we acquire the knowledge of these before birth. The only time the soul is separate from the body is in death. Since the soul can only obtain knowledge of forms when it is away from the body, we understand that after death is t...
  • Soul Lives
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    The Soul Is Immortal The task of this paper is to explain how the soul is immortal and lives on through people's impressions. There is something inside of all human beings that lives on forever. Even when death is upon us, the soul of a person never dies. Thus, we arrive at the statement the soul is immortal. Immortal is something we people associate with ideas like people or gods, who can never die. Immortal is a very strong word because it means quite a bit to human life, and more importantly ...
  • Eternal Existence Of Our Soul
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    The Stoics and Socrates The question of the reality of the soul and its distinction from the body is among the most important problems of philosophy, for with it is bound up the doctrine of a future life. The soul may be defined as the ultimate internal principle by which we think, feel, and will, and by which our bodies a reanimated. The term 'mind' usually denotes this principle as the subject of our conscious states, while 'soul' denotes the source of our vegetative activities as well. If the...
  • Narrator's Identity Melds With Her Body
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    The Formation of Identity Our own bodies can move without the will conducting them (Descartes 73). This philosophy is based upon the idea that the body is simply a machine used by its agent, the soul. Therefore, not only would the body be able to operate without the soul, as Rene Descartes suggests, assuming that will is enveloped in the idea of the soul, but the soul would also be able to survive outside the body, interchanging bodies and outside forms but still able to continue to exist or fun...
  • Argument Of Soul
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    Four Arguments For The Immortality Of The Human Soul Presented By Plato In The Phaedo. In Plato's Phaedo, he argues that the soul will continue to exist, and that it will go on to a better place. The argument begins on the day of his execution with the question of whether it is good or bad to die. In other words, he is arguing that the soul is immortal and indestructible. This argument is contrary to Cebes and Simmias who argue that even the soul is long lasting, it is not immortal and it is des...
  • Separation Of The Body And The Soul
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    The first item of discussion in Socrates' argument is the separation of the body and the soul. Socrates gains full agreement from Simmias and Cebes when he says that death is simply a separation of the body and the soul. He then makes the argument that this parting is what the philosopher should look forward to and work for. Socrates also gains his friends' acknowledgement that the philosopher's lifelong goal is to seek wisdom, and that the body impedes that search. Assuming that they are real, ...
  • Their Surroundings And A Person's Body
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    Personhood What is a person? That sounds like a harmless question, but the answer can get very complicated. Is a person just a lump of skin, muscles, bones, and other materials? Is a person something immaterial like a mind or a soul? Or is a person a combination of these two things? Really there is no right answer, and it all depends on the point of view that you hold. First of all, what is a body? Some say that a body is, like I said before, a lump of skin, muscles, bones, and other materials. ...
  • Leaving Of The Body And The Philosopher
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    George Waszczuk 9/25/2000 Wed: 6: 30-9: 30 pm Phaedo Summary Socrates stands now before his disciples telling them he is not afraid of dying because he says death is what the true philosopher waits for all his life. The philosopher must have lived a good life, and when death is presented upon him, he should take the opportunity. Socrates formed a conclusion that: "That the real philosopher has reason to be of good cheer when he is about to die, and after death he may hope to obtain the greatest ...
  • Soul And The Body
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    The Soul: According to Plato, Aristotle, and Augustine The soul can be defined as a perennial enigma that one may never understand. But many people rose to the challenge of effectively explaining just what the soul is about, along with outlining its desires. Three of these people are Plato, Aristotle, and Augustine. Even though all three had distinctive views, the similarities between their views are strikingly vivid. The soul indeed is an enigma to mankind and the only rational explanation of i...
  • Nature Of The Body And Soul
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    In his essay, On Some Lines of Virgil, Montaigne assays the nature of affairs of love entered into by women and men relating the nature of the body and soul to that of language. He discusses things from the importance of training the soul, to the ability of women to be as infidel as men. Throughout his essay he maintains the outlook that bodily pleasure, in mediation, should not be forsaken because of the soul. For it is, as they say, right the body should never follow its appetites to the preju...
  • Aristotele's Notion Of Body And Soul
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    Aristotele's notion of body and soul, and the opinion of this essay's writer. What is Aristotele's notion of body and soul? According to Aristotle, everything in the world is divided between superior and inferior. Man is superior to the animals, the male to the female, and the soul to the body. 'The soul is more noble than our possessions or our bodies'; . Therefore, man should act through his soul, and not through his body. The soul services the greater good. If a man does not act from his soul...
  • Jewish Body
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    Hence, it is here that we can appreciate the central importance occupied in Judaism by the belief in the belief in the resurrection of the dead. The belief in the resurrection of the dead expresses the absolute truth that the expiration and corrosion of the body is but only a temporary phenomenon. The truth of the matter is that the body is a very sublime entity, in fact an eternal one. Rabbi Shneur Zalman explains in the Tanya (chap 49) that the Torah statement of G-d having "chosen us from eve...
  • Irrational Part Of The Soul
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    There is a natural progression from Plato's theory of Forms to his philosophy of ethics. If one can be deceived by appearances in the natural physical world, one can be equally deceived by appearances in the moral realm. The kind of knowledge that helps one to distinguish between shadows, reflections, and real objects in the visible world is just the kind of knowledge that we need to discriminate between the shadows and reflections of the genuinely good life. Plato believed that just as there co...
  • Soul And Body
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    Defending Materialism Dualism means the complete separation of the mental world and the physical world. In philosophy, it is the theory that the world is explicable only as a world composed of two distinct and mutually exclusive factors: the mind and the body. Socrates and Plato are called dualists because they think that mind and body are separate and distinct substances. Mind is conscious and non-spatial and body is spatial but not conscious. While separate, the two supposedly interact. Socrat...
  • Physical Body And A Nonphysical Soul
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    1 Are human beings strictly physical beings Or are we made up of two parts a physical part and a non-physical part In my opinion human beings consist of both physical and non-physical parts. In other words there is more to us than just flesh and bones. One who believes that there is two parts that make up a human being is known as a dualist. Dualism says that there are certain physical objects such as a rock, table, door, etc. These things have no non-physical part. Any thing that is alive conta...
  • Plato And Descartes
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    One of the odd yet interesting ideas that philosopher's demand be debated is that of the true nature of the human being. Even though probably each philosopher has his own unique perception of the true nature of the human being, philosophers tend to share some of the same basic attributes in their definition. After reading Plato's five dialogues and Descartes six meditations, I am lead to believe that both philosophers commonly share the idea that the human being is able to exist without the phys...
  • Poem A Dialogue Between Soul And Body
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    Both Marvell and Auden present different attitudes towards life in the poems 'A dialogue Between the Soul and Body' and 'Miss Gee'. These attitudes assert that the soul must resist temptation in the courtesy of the body. In doing this sacrifice Soul has achieved harmoniousness in the balance between Body and Soul. Also as in the case of Miss Gee these attitudes relay that no matter what the human mind may desire it will exist in this globe of time as it wishes. The two authors explore these atti...
  • Plato's Main Ideas On The Soul
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    "Now it is time to be off, I to die, and you to live; but which of us has the happier prospect is unknown to anyone but God". Plato's doctrine on the soul is both extensive and varied. In the Apology we are witness to the agnostic views of Socrates on his death, and in the Phaedo we touchingly observe Socrates' confidence in the face of death, that his very soul will live on. Plato comments on the necessity to lead a life that will be beneficial to the soul, that will allow it to achieve its pot...
  • Aristotle's Theory Of The Human Soul
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    There have been many theories made about the human soul by philosophers in ancient Greek history. Two of the most influential and infamous philosophers in ancient Greece were Plato and Aristotle. Both Plato and Aristotle did, in fact, believe in a soul for all living things. They also both believed that the soul did not exist in humans alone. Although Aristotle studied under Plato as his student, he possessed slightly different ideas about the soul, aside from the actual belief in the soul itsel...

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