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Study Questions for Plato’s  Phaedo 1. Socrates says that a poet composes fables and not arguments.  Does he  compose any fables in this dialogue?  Why or why not?  If he does, can  his actions be reconciled with his attitude toward poetry and feelings?  What is his attitude, exactly? 2. Socrates sends Evenus the message that he should join him in death as  soon as possible.  What does he mean by this?  Why does he think this?  What do you think of his arguments?  3. Why shouldn’t people commit suicide according to Socrates?  (Is there  any way of de-religionizing this argument?  Do you think Socrates really  accepts the religious parts of his stories?) 4. Nietzsche derided Christianity as “Platonism for the masses.”  Compare  Socrates’s attitude to the body and to death with the attitude encouraged  in your own religious background, if you have one.
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