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Phaedo by Plato
By: (428/427 BC - 348/347 BC)

Phaedo by Plato is a thought-provoking philosophical dialogue that explores the nature of the soul, the afterlife, and the concept of immortality. The book follows Socrates as he discusses these topics with his friends on the day of his execution. The dialogue is filled with complex arguments and ideas, challenging readers to think deeply about their own beliefs and perceptions of the world.

One of the most compelling aspects of Phaedo is the way in which Plato presents Socrates' arguments. Through logical reasoning and sharp wit, Socrates builds a case for the existence of the soul and the possibility of life after death. His ideas are both challenging and inspiring, encouraging readers to question their own assumptions and consider new perspectives.

However, Phaedo is not a light read. The philosophical concepts discussed in the dialogue are dense and complex, requiring careful attention and contemplation. Readers may find themselves needing to reread passages and ponder the arguments presented in order to fully grasp their meaning.

Overall, Phaedo is a fascinating and intellectually stimulating work that will appeal to those interested in philosophy, ethics, and metaphysics. Plato's timeless exploration of the nature of the soul continues to resonate with readers today, offering a valuable opportunity for introspection and intellectual growth.

Book Description:
Plato's Phaedo is one of the great dialogues of his middle period, along with the Republic and the Symposium. The Phaedo, which depicts the death of Socrates, is also Plato's seventh and last dialogue to detail the philosopher's final days (the first six being Theaetetus, Euthyphro, Sophist, Statesman, Apology, and Crito).

In the dialogue, Socrates discusses the nature of the afterlife on his last day before being executed by drinking hemlock. Socrates has been imprisoned and sentenced to death by an Athenian jury for not believing in the gods of the state and for corrupting the youth of the city. The dialogue is told from the perspective of one of Socrates' students, Phaedo of Elis. Having been present at Socrates' death bed, Phaedo relates the dialogue from that day to Echecrates, a fellow philosopher. By engaging in dialectic with a group of Socrates' friends, including the Thebans Cebes and Simmias, Socrates explores various arguments for the soul's immortality in order to show that there is an afterlife in which the soul will dwell following death. Phaedo tells the story that following the discussion, he and the others were there to witness the death of Socrates. Source - Wikipedia

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Reviewer: - November 12, 2012
Subject: Plato
Well read!

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