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MaieusisEssays in Ancient Philosophy in Honour of Myles Burnyeat$
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Dominic Scott

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199289974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289974.001.0001

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The Phaedo's Final Argument *

The Phaedo's Final Argument *

(p.87) 5 The Phaedo's Final Argument*

Nicholas Denyer

Oxford University Press

The Phaedo's final argument ends at 106e-107a with the conclusion ‘a soul is something immortal and indestructible, and our souls really will exist in Hades’. It began at 95e, with some prolonged criticism of various wrong theories about how to explain coming into and going out of existence. This chapter takes up the final argument when it turns to expounding the theory that it asserts, or at least hypothesizes, to be right, and follows the argument through to its conclusion. It argues that this theory is weak enough to be plausible, yet strong enough to come surprisingly close to yielding the conclusion that a soul is something immortal and indestructible.

Keywords:   Socrates, forms, soul, immortality, indestructible

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