Death and the disinterested spectator: an inquiry into the by Ann Hartle

By Ann Hartle

From again hide - ebook examines the character of philosophy in gentle of philosophy's declare to be a education for loss of life. Does philosophy have any genuine energy, or is it in simple terms idle speak? The historical past opposed to which this question is explored is a re-interpretation of Plato's Phaedo, Augustine's Confessions and Desscartes' Discourse on strategy. (Description through http-mart)

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The major arguments for the immortality of the soul are three: the argument based on "opposites come from opposites" (70c72a), the argument linking the soul to the uncompounded (78b80c), and the argument that hinges on the claim that an opposite can never become its own opposite (100b107a). (I omit here the argument based on the claim that knowledge is recollection, regarding it, for the time being, as a supporting argument for the claim that the soul existed before entering the body. ) Of these three major arguments, two share an insurmountable difficulty, a difficulty not noted by Socrates's interlocutors but actually pointed to by Socrates himself.

When they saw Socrates drink the poison they could no longer control their tears. But Phaedo is careful to say that he did not weep for Socrates; he wept for himself, for his own misfortune in losing such a friend (117d). Of course, we have no direct knowledge of what Socrates's feelings were on the day of his death. He is presented in Phaedo's account as cheerful, happy, and without fear. This absence of fear makes Socrates seem inhuman. We cannot, I think, overlook the impression that a man who shows no fear in these circumstances must be grossly insensitive.

Page iii Death and the Disinterested Spectator An Inquiry Into the Nature of Philosophy Ann Hartle State University of New York Press Page iv Published by State University of New York Press, Albany © 1986 State University of New York All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. , 12246 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hartle, Ann.

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