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Plato : Phaedo - Plato



By: Plato, R. Hackforth (Editor)

Paperback Published: 10th July 1972
ISBN: 9780521097024
Number Of Pages: 212

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The book is written for anyone seriously interested in Plato's thought and in the history of literary theory or of rhetoric. No knowledge of Greek is required. The focus of this account is on how the resources both of persuasive myth and of formal argument, for all that Plato sets them in strong contrast, nevertheless complement and reinforce each other in his philosophy.

Prefacep. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. x
The purpose of the dialogue and its position in the Platonic writingsp. 3
Stylometric arguments. The transcendent formsp. 8
The nature of the soulp. 11
The charactersp. 12
The arguments for the immortality of the soulp. 16
Arguments for immortality in other dialoguesp. 19
Translation and Commentary
57A-59C: Introductory conversationp. 27
59C-62C: Socrates as poet. The wickedness of suicidep. 32
62C-64C: The philosopher's readiness to diep. 39
64C-67B: The philosopher's detachment from the bodyp. 44
67B-69E: Moral virtue, genuine and spuriousp. 52
69E-72D: The first argument for immortality. The cycle of oppositesp. 58
72E-77A: A complementary argument. The theory of recollectionp. 66
77A-78B: Combined results of the two preceding arguments. Socrates as charmerp. 78
78B-80C: Third argument. The kinship of souls and formsp. 81
80C-82D: The after-life of unpurified soulsp. 87
82D-85B: Socrates describes the philosopher's progress and declares his swan-song to be a song of joyp. 92
85B-88B: Simmias and Cebes explain their doubtsp. 97
88C-91C: Interlude. A warning against 'misology'p. 105
91C-95A: Refutation of Simmias's theory of soulp. 112
95A-99D: Socrates as student of natural sciencep. 121
99D-102A: The new method of hypothesisp. 133
102A-105B: The exclusion of oppositesp. 147
105B-107B: The argument concluded. Soul is both deathless and indestructiblep. 158
107C-110B: Myth of the after-lifep. 167
110B-112E: The splendour of the true earth. The rivers of the underworldp. 176
112E-115A: The myth concluded. Its truth and valuep. 182
115B-118: The last scenep. 187
Additional Notesp. 191
The Criticisms of Stratop. 195
Index of Namesp. 199
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ISBN: 9780521097024
ISBN-10: 0521097029
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 10th July 1972
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.23 x 14.78  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.29