Phaedo 2 stdy qstns - Study questions II for Platos Phaedo...

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Study questions II for Plato’s Phaedo 1. Explain Simmias’s objection to Socrates’s argument. (85e-86d, 91c) Harmony is something, without body. The soul is the first thing to be destroyed when struck by disease and illness. Soul is a harmony of all other human parts. The soul can be a harmony. The soul should be a harmony of the parts of the body, organization of them. 2. Explain Cebes’s objection to Socrates’s argument. (86e-88b, 91d, 95b-d) Each soul wears out many bodies. No one knows which death will destroy the soul. Unless someone can prove the soul immortal, all should fear death. When your last body dies, you die too. The soul might not be everlasting. It may be worn out after many bodies. 3. What is a misologue, and why should we not become one according to Socrates? (89d-91c) Someone who has come to hate all men and to believe that no one is sound at all. We must be eager to achieve soundness. We shouldn’t become one because then you cannot learn anything. The misologue is the anti-philosopher. There is no greater evil than to hate reasonable discourse. The soul would suffer internal torment by not achieving true virtue; you are going against your fundamental desire. 4. Explain Socrates’s reply to Simmias’s objection. List Socrates’s reasons why Simmias’s objection fails.
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