Socrates’ Relationship With Death – The Phaedo

The Phaedo

Socrates’ Relationship With Death

In Phaedo we find the potential for a great truth, which the religions of the Western World have repeatedly refuted over the millennia: that death is not a thing to be feared. Socrates gives a profound discourse regarding the philosopher’s life being spent embracing - even preparing for – death. To Socrates, the intertwining of soul and body carries great meaning and a sense of purpose, which would be the pursuit of truth in all things. This is the core of philosophy and none said it more eloquently than Plato through Socrates. Being questioned about the process of facing death, Socrates orders away any hysterical grieving people, questioning why people should grieve for someone who has gone beyond one’s enemies to the next world, where no enemies exist except those carried within the soul. Those enemies would be a life wasted on the pursuit of pleasure at the expense of pain (pleasure withdrawn). This very duality of life, according to Socrates, is the bane of existence for all of mankind.
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