Plato's Phaedo Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Phaedo argues that Socrates gives three compelling reasons why the study of philosophy is valuable in itself. In an essay, discuss the three reasons introduced by Socrates and analyze their effectiveness. Use examples from the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

One of the primary themes of "Phaedo" is the idea of a good life. Discuss and define the good life and analyze what is central to the good life. Discuss how the nature of the soul can be discovered through the practice of philosophy. Use examples from the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

In "Phaedo", Socrates argues that the soul is immortal and that we need to rise above our physical nature in order to gain knowledge. Discuss why we need to rise above physical nature in the pursuit of true knowledge. Use examples from the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 4

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